Greatest Gaps in IBD Nursing Competence Are in the Midwest

Program Targeting US Gastroenterology Nurses Identifies Poor Understanding of IBD Therapies

Reston, Virginia - April 12, 2019 - A medical education program created and executed in partnership with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and Clinical Care Options (CCO) to help gastroenterology nurses improve the care of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has uncovered gaps in nursing competence. Understanding the risk/benefit profiles and monitoring requirements for IBD therapies had the greatest pre-education and posteducation learning gaps—and the greatest improvement—suggesting that future education should continue to focus on this need. By region, the greatest need for education was in the Midwest

“Our previous research has shown that nurses are challenged to keep current with the risk/benefit profiles and clinical applications of newer IBD therapies, but this is the first time we’ve been able to pinpoint these needs by geography,” said Jen Votta, General Manager at CCO. “We identified gaps across the United States, but the largest gaps were in the Midwest.”

The live and Web-based program, which reached 944 clinicians, also identified gaps in clinicians’ competence with screening and preventive care for IBD and with applying shared decision-making to promote patients’ adherence. By the end of the educational program, clinicians’ competence was brought to a consistent high level, with clinicians improving their competence in each domain and smoothing out the geographic differences.

“Programs like this can improve the lives of people with IBD by helping gastroenterology nurses to stay current with evolving IBD management, to communicate advances to patients, and to foster adherence,” said program coauthor Michele Rubin, APN, CNS, CGRN, who is Director of Advanced Practice Nursing and Associate Director, IBD Center at University of Chicago Medicine.

The results will be presented at the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates 46th Annual Course in Portland, Oregon, and are available at:

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About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for IBD. The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those with IBD. For more information, visit

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