Your IBD Consultation
Preparing for your visit
can I prepare for my visit?
Part of playing an active role in your IBD consultation involves
preparing in advance. There are several things you can do, such as
bringing a list of questions, learning about IBD, knowing some key
terms and keeping note of your symptoms (including frequency,
severity and duration of your symptoms) in a diary or by using a
self-assessment form. The more prepared you are, the better you will
be able to communicate with your health professional during the
Understanding why you have IBD
If you come to your consultation with a good basic understanding of
your illness, including what causes it, typical symptoms, possible
complications and how it is treated, you will be able to communicate
better with your physician. This information can be found through
local support groups online, or through your IBD clinic.
Why set goals and objectives?
Different people with IBD have different needs, and it is important
for you to communicate your objectives to your physician in order to
develop a treatment plan that is suitable to your situation. For
example, it may be important for you to prevent recurrence of
symptoms long-term, which suggests that a new treatment may help
achieve this goal.
People with more severe Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis will
most likely have very different needs than people with milder cases
of the same illnesses. It is important for you to communicate to
your physician how your illness is affecting you so he or she can
develop a treatment plan that is suitable to your situation. Surgery
may also be a consideration depending upon your situation.