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Making the Cut? A review of the care received by patients undergoing surgery for Crohn’s Disease

Today, NCEPOD has published a report highlighting the quality of care provided to patients aged 16 and over with a diagnosis of, and who underwent surgery for, Crohn’s disease. This NCEPOD study was developed with wide multidisciplinary input, and identifies several areas affecting the care of adult patients with Crohn’s disease that require improvement. The timing of surgery for Crohn’s was included in the top ten non-cancer research priorities by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) in a Delphi exercise of its entire membership.

The NCEPOD report delivers five key messages, which are important for all surgeons and Trusts to be aware of.

  1. Provide holistic support for all patients with Crohn’s disease
  2. Medication for Crohn’s disease should be managed effectively at all stages of the pathway
  3. Consider surgery as a potential treatment option for patients with Crohn’s disease
  4. Perform surgery promptly once a decision to operate has been made
  5. Make sure that the handover of care from the surgical team to the medical team is robust

The report is available to read here.