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N007 Application of new technologies as educational tool for Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients

M.C. Morete Pérez1, R. Fraga Iriso2, V. Ollero Pena3, L. Garcia Dieguez4, A. Echarri Piudo*2

1Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol, Unidad de EICI. Servicio de Digestivo, Ferrol, Spain, 2Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol, IBD Unit. Gastroenterology, Ferrol, Spain, 3Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol, Gastroenterología, Ferrol, Spain, 4Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol,, Unidad de EII. Gastroenterología, Ferrol, Spain

Background

The internet offers a wealth of information for patients with chronic disease, facilitating education and self-control training; however this information can be inaccurate. The aim of this study was to evaluate the integration of an own educational IBD-dedicated website in clinical practice to promote education and patient support for IBD

Methods

Quality questionnaires were conducted in our IBD Unit, identifying a demand of 85% to have a reliable educational website, what prompted a project that included the multidisciplinary approach and the patient education. The website http://www.educainflamatoria.com/, has been developed since 2012 and it is structured into several sections including: Multidisciplinary training section, with an integrating view of the different clinical specialties related to the IBD. Self-care education section, with different questionnaires of self-control and positive management habits. Interactive section with medical specialists, where patients can ask questions about their disease. The site is continuously updated and it is supplemented with a twitter account: @educaEICI, with specific pieces of advice and news.

Results

An interactive presentation with patients and their families was performed in November 2013, in order to improve the website by providing suggestions. After the open access, our website has been registering a continuous increase in the number of users, achieving an average monthly of 2361 sessions and 15 questions, until October 2014. The website currently appears as link from different Spanish IBD associations (ACCU, GETECCU), and it is used by patients from other health care areas.

Conclusion

1) New technologies can be integrated into the management of IBD Units increasing their quality of healthcare with their educational work. 2) Patients successfully interact with the website supported by their IBD Unit, registering a progressive increase in their use. 3) Our next goal will be to analyze the increase of knowledge and self-control between patients that employ the website.