Special Issue "Integrated Multidisciplinary Care for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Supporting Disease and Psychosocial Outcomes"
A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2021).
Interests: pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; pediatric pain management; mindfulness-based interventions for pain and symptom management and cultivation of positive psychological factors
Interests: biopsychosocial care in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; transition from pediatric to adult care models; adherence monitoring and intervention
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic and relapsing disease affecting a growing number of children in the United States. Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the two most common forms of IBD, both causing chronic inflammation to the gastrointestinal tract. The pathophysiology of IBD is thought to be multifactorial and involve a complex interaction between genetic factors, the immune system, gut microbiota, nutrition, and psychosocial factors.
Research has shown an intimate connection between the brain and the gut. Psychosocial factors are strong predictors of negative health outcomes in pediatric IBD, such as risk of relapse, disease activity, nonadherence, healthcare utilization, and higher healthcare costs. Children with IBD are also at an increased risk of emotional/behavioral challenges and poorer quality of life compared to other youth with chronic health conditions, and these challenges have shown strong links to health outcomes.
An integrated multidisciplinary care model for the treatment of pediatric IBD is increasingly common and deemed essential for optimal care. IBD teams that use a holistic and biopsychosocial approach can enhance a child’s long-term health, psychological wellbeing, and quality of life. Gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, and social workers all play a critical role in the management of pediatric IBD.
This Special Issue, “Integrated Multidisciplinary Care for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Supporting Disease and Psychosocial Outcomes,” is dedicated to describing the evidence for, and application of, integrated biopsychosocial IBD care. This Special Issue will accept original research and reviews. Examples include, but are not limited to, manuscripts discussing the brain–gut connection and its implications for biopsychosocial care, medical and psychosocial outcomes in the context of integrated multidisciplinary care models, implementation of biopsychosocial interventions within multidisciplinary care, processes to leverage institutional support for integrated multidisciplinary care, and virtual/telemedicine applications of integrated multidisciplinary care.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Anava Wren
Dr. Michele Maddux
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- inflammatory bowel disease
- integrated care