Disease Management

Optimal disease management improves patients’ overall health
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Adults with IBD reported being more likely to receive preventive care
Adults with IBD were more likely than adults without IBD to report receiving medical advice about smoking cessation and diet, having colon cancer screening and an HIV test, and receiving a pneumococcal vaccine, flu, and tetanus vaccine.

Health-risk behaviors more common among adults with IBD
Clinicians should be aware of potential health-risk behaviors that are more prevalent among adults with IBD than those without, such as not getting enough sleep and not meeting aerobic nor muscle-strengthening physical activity guidelines.

Similar dietary pattern seen among adults with and without IBD
Adults with IBD were more likely to have low dietary fiber intake compared with adults without IBD; and women with IBD were more likely to have more sugar-sweetened beverages and total added sugar compared with women without IBD.

Majority of primary care professionals likely to recommend preventive vaccines to patients with IBD
In a survey of 1,503 primary care professionals, 2 in 3 reported being likely to recommend all vaccines for influenza, pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster, and human papillomavirus infection to patients with IBD. The percentage reporting being likely to recommend each vaccine ranged from 74% for the pneumococcal vaccine to 90% for the herpes zoster vaccine. Uncertainty about vaccine guidelines for patients with IBD was listed as the top reason for feeling unlikely or unsure to recommend vaccines.