Did you know there are over 80 designated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurses across Canada, with many more providing care to IBD patients as part of their practice? These dedicated nurses provide clinical inpatient and outpatient care, telephone advice, transitional care, and biologic therapy support.

Not everyone with IBD has an IBD nurse. But those who do, tell us the world of a difference this makes in their lives.

The evidence of the benefit of IBD nurses goes beyond patient stories. Studies have shown that having an IBD nurse improves the quality of care in many ways, by:

  • Reducing the number of emergency rooms visits and unscheduled outpatient visits
  • Improving patients’ adherence to treatments through education and follow-ups
  • Providing administrative and psychosocial support
  • Increasing the speed of access to procedures
  • Improving patient satisfaction

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse. This year, the world is putting in extra effort to celebrate and advocate for nurses. In 2020 and every year, we want to shine a light on the impact IBD nurses make in the lives of their patients.

Watch Cory Horner’s story to see how he has found stability in his health and his life thanks to his IBD nurse.

Hear Marie Cassiani’s story of gaining her life back after tragedy and illness with the help of her IBD nurse.

See how Jamie Cottrill’s IBD nurse has made sure that she can manage her health and care for her family.

Learn about how Louis Thibeau has learned to manage stress and achieve his goals with the help of his IBD nurse.


CANIBD is grateful for the support of industry partners including Merck, AbbVie, Janssen, Shire, and Takeda. CANIBD supporters make this work possible.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.