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Monday, January 27, 2014
  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

Crohn's Disease: Your Job - CCM

Case managers recognize that there is no cure for Crohn's Disease. Therefore, CD patients represent a group requiring:

  • A high level of chronic care management (CCM)
  • Coaching in close cooperation with GI healthcare professionals

From onset of symptoms throughout the lifelong course of the disease, there is a significant socioeconomic impact on both society and the patient.

Crohn's Disease patients require long-term chronic care management of the highest order. It is essential for the case manager to develop a trusting relationship with the patient. In addition, studies show that maintaining constant patient communication also fosters improved patient satisfaction.

[Reference: GI Disorders, Module B, Crohn's Disease]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Ulcerative Colitis: Your Job - Remission

Over two-thirds of UC patients experience at lease one relapse within ten elapsed years.

Recent evidence supports a link between increased inflammation and the risk of colorectal cancer. This underscores the importance of preventing relapses.

Proactive and long-term case management is an essential element of achieving the goal of remission. With proper treatment, about 50% of patients remain in remission for periods of months to years and can lead normal, healthy lives.

To achieve these goals requires adherence to medication management, which is vital for both induction and maintenance of remission.

[Reference: GI Disorders, Module A, Ulcerative Colitis]

  Improving Patient Care...  

Diverticulitis: Your Job - Education

Case Managers through their steady contact with patients play a pivotal role in educating individuals about the importance of a high fiber diet in preventing the progression into complicated diverticulitis which usually requires treatment to prevent complications from progressing and causing serious illness including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Small perforations
  • Blockages in the colon
Severe cases of diverticulitis with acute pain and complications will likely require a hospital stay and possibly surgery.

[Reference: GI Disorders, Module C, Diverticulitis]


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