Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease with a high impact. In order to improve patient outcomes, the clinician-patient relationship in daily practice is critical. Clinical guidelines provide a framework for UC diagnosis and treatment. However, standard procedures and the medical content focused upon medical consultations in UC patients has not yet been defined. Moreover, UC is a complex disease, given that patient characteristics and patient needs have been proven to vary during clinical consultation since establishing the diagnosis and upon the course of the disease. In this article, we have discussed the key elements and specific objectives to consider in medical consultation, such as diagnosis, first visits, follow-up visits, active disease patients, patients on topical therapies, new treatment initiation, refractory patients, extra-intestinal manifestations, as well as challenging situations. The key elements have been mentioned to comprise effective communication techniques, motivational interviewing (MI), as well as information and educational aspects, or organizational issues. The key elements to be implemented in daily practice were reported to comprise several general principles like duly prepared consultations, in addition to honesty and empathy with patients, as well as effective communication techniques, MI, information and educational points, or organizational issues. The role of other healthcare professionals such as specialized nurses, psychologists, or the use of checklists was also discussed and commented on.
Medical consultation; Shared decision making; Ulcerative colitis
González-Lama Y, Ricart E, Cábez A, Fortes P, Gómez S, Casellas F. Medical consultation in ulcerative colitis: Key elements for improvement. World J Gastroenterol. 2023 Feb 14;29(6):917–25.
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