The Juan Ramon Jimenez University Hospital will celebrate the next days 18 and 19 of May the I Doctor-Patient Meeting in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) city of Huelva, aimed at professionals, patients and family members. The conference will take place in the auditorium of this hospital, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with free access for patients and relatives with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis until full capacity is reached.
With the motto ‘Let the disease not stop you’, specialists in the digestive system, paediatrics, endocrinology and nutrition, preventive medicine, family medicine and nursing will participate in the meeting, with the important testimony of diagnosed patients who will tell how they live their disease.
The opening will be carried out by the regional delegate for Health and Families, Manuela Caro, the managing director of the Juan Ramón Jiménez University Hospital, José Luis Bonilla, and the head of the center’s Digestive System service, Ana Bejarano. The sessions will provide the opportunity for communication between health professionals and patients in a relaxed atmosphere, with the possibility of hearing all the voices involved and discussing important issues about this important disease.
On Wednesday afternoon, the disease will be addressed from different perspectives. From the perspective of the patients – counting on the presidents of the associations of patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (ACCU) of Seville and Granada -, of the family doctor, of the pediatrician in childhood and adolescence, of the nurse of the Specialized unit and the importance of participation in clinical trials.
Thursday will be dedicated to resolving frequently asked questions, with various conferences on: ‘myths and realities in nutrition and diet’, ‘fertility, pregnancy and lactation’, ‘influence of tobacco and vaccination’, ‘telemedicine’, and the ‘ future of the disease. It will close with the participation of the president of the ACCU-Huelva “Come and participate”, visualizing the association as a meeting point for patients in the province, where they can share concerns and information about this pathology.
More than 1,300 patients in Huelva are treated individually in the IBD Unit of the Juan Ramón Jiménez University Hospital, of which 30 new cases have been diagnosed in the past. This monographic unit is cared for by digestive system specialists and also has a nursing consultation specialized in IBD, aimed at the transition of patients from pediatrics to adulthood, food education, vaccination control and resolution of doubts, among others. In addition, it has e-mail for telematic attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
About Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD is an inflammation of the intestine, which can affect both the small intestine and the colon, and its cause is not well known. Patients may have abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even bloody stools, and it is not infrequently accompanied by significant weight loss. It occurs with periods of outbreaks and remission and that greatly affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
In Spain, 1 in 450 people suffer from IBD and the incidence and prevalence is clearly increasing. This group of diseases occurs mainly in young people, between the second and third decade of life, and there is another peak, with less incidence, in the sixth decade. These patients are classified as chronic and will require continuous monitoring throughout their lives since, although there are currently numerous drugs to treat this disease, the exacerbations and close monitoring that these treatments require will require assistance in a specialized consultation.
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