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Management of IBD during pregnancy and breast feeding varies widely: a need for further education

A survey conducted by the University of Alberta Pregnancy in IBD research team found that physicians approached the management of IBD during pregnancy and breast feeding period in different ways.  The study showed that expert IBD gastroenterologists were the most comfortable using certain drugs such as biologics for their patients throughout the pregnancy, while some physicians were not as comfortable, or not as sure about what to do with these drugs.  This important finding supports the need to do more research on this topic of knowledge about management of IBD during pregnancy and breast feeding, and on ways to improve education about this topic for the physicians and health care providers.

The University of Alberta research team did organize a Multidisciplinary Care for IBD conference in spring 2016, for physicians, allied health, researchers, on the topic of pregnancy and IBD, with case workshops and presentations on the management of IBD during pregnancy and breast feeding.  This successful conference was attended by more than 60 clinicians, who reported feeling more comfortable after attending, and likely to change practice based on the information they received.

 

Published:  Can J Gastroenterology Hepatol. 2016;2016:6193275 (published online first)

Authors: Huang VW, Chang HJm Kroeker KI, Goodman KJ, Hegadoren KM, Dieleman LA, Fedorak RN