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MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA
A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2002 March;48(1):1-6
Organisation of work teams at the gastroentero-hepatology outpatients clinic. The management of inflammatory bowel diseases
Astegiano M., Bresso F., Demarchi B., Sapone N., Pellicano R., Palmas F., Rizzetto M.
Background. Digestive diseases have a major impact on public health in Italy; the management of these pathologies is of primary importance especially under the epidemiological and cost-assessment aspects. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, characterised by exacerbations and remissions, and includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Methods. A retrospective analysis is made of two-years' activity carried out at the Gastro-entero-Hepatology outpatients clinic of Turin, and in particular the management of patients referring to the centre for urgency.
Results. The retrospective analysis showed that more than 80% of subjects did not need hospital admission.
Conclusions. In conclusion, the subdivision of activities into ''work teams'' offers advantages in terms of more appropriate medical care and cost reduction, due to a lesser hospitalisation. In the case of ''IBD work team'', this has, moreover, a favorable impact on the psychological distress of these patients.