Korean J Gastroenterol.  2015 Mar;65(3):139-144. 10.4166/kjg.2015.65.3.139.

Quality of Care in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Digestive Disease Research Institute, Wonkwang University College of Medicine, Iksan, Korea. medsgs@wonkwang.ac.kr


Since inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic and relapsing disorder, maintaining high quality of care plays an important role in the management of patients with IBD. To develop process-based quality indicator set to improve quality of care, the indicator should be based directly on evidence and consensus. Initially, ImproveCareNow group demonstrated quality improvement by learning how to apply quality improvement methods to improve the care of pediatric patients with IBD. The American Gastroenterological Association has developed adult IBD physician performance measures set and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has developed a set of ten most highly rated process and outcome measures. Recently, The Emerging Practice in IBD Collaborative (EPIC) group generated defining quality indicators for best-practice management of IBD in Canada. Quality of Care through the Patient's Eyes (QUOTE-IBD) was developed as a questionnaire to measure quality of care through the eyes of patients with IBD, and it is widely used in European countries. The current concept of quality of care as well as quality indicator will be discussed in this article.


Quality; Care; Indicator; Inflammatory bowel disease

MeSH Terms

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/*diagnosis/pathology/therapy
Practice Guidelines as Topic
*Quality Indicators, Health Care
Surveys and Questionnaires
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