Module E: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments & Interventions

CE Credits: 1.75


While medication is often a core part of a treatment of patients with IBD, other treatment options can help patients improve symptoms, decrease the degree of inflammation, and reduce the number of flares. The module details how certain kinds of surgery (often colectomies) are helpful or necessary (for about 20 to 40 percent of IBD patients), even though such surgeries may involve long recoveries or adjustments. Not all non-pharmaceutical treatments are so dramatic: the module then details how a proper diet (typically one low in fat, sugar and “trigger” foods), and complementary, alternative and integrative health therapies (such as dietary supplements and mind-body practices) can help patients manage symptoms. Last, the module examines how proper credentials, licensure and certification for CMs can support the best administration of care for patients.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the spectrum of interventions associated with the trajectory of IBD care
» Describe indications for and types of surgical interventions
» Identify strategies to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet
» Discuss the use of complementary, alternative and integrative health interventions
» Review CM credentials, licensure, certification and practice standards

Advance your professional practice:: Patients with IBD often battle their chronic illness starting from an early age. Therefore case managers need to understand the surgical options and lifestyle changes that can help patients manage symptoms and mitigate flare-ups.


Improve organizational performance: As a chronic disease, IBD presents a high possibility of flare-ups and severe complications over the course of many years, any of which could require hospitalization. By understanding the full breadth of treatment options, transdisciplinary teams can help patients find the right combination of treatments to reduce the risk of serious complications.