Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Recently, we had an “ImproveCareNow Population Management” meeting.  At these regular meetings, we typically review at least one topic of interest, review data on how patients are doing (eg. hospitalizations, clinical remission, surgeries, followup visits), and discuss patients who have challenging clinical problems.  Credit for making these meetings work go to Clair Talmadge, PA-C, Samantha Gomez (ICN coordinator), and Chelly Dykes (physician leader).  Also, with regards to depression screening, we are fortunate to have the support of Bonney Reed-Knight and Jessica Buzenski.

At the latest meeting, we discussed our recent implementation of depression screening, expanded definitions of clinical remission/sustained clinical remission, and family support projects.

With regard to depression screening, we are finding that ~30% had actionable screens indicating some level of depression and ~4% screened as suicidal (requiring urgent attention).

My take: Each of these meetings and the work that goes into them make tangible improvements in outcomes.

Some of the slides are shown below.

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