Clinical Education: Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment Planning for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Megan Petrik, Tyler Kuhn, Sarah Kinsinger

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Abstract

Psychosocial factors play an important role in the disease course and illness experience of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Consultation with a health psychologist is an important component of care for many IBD patients and provides an opportunity to identify areas of psychosocial concern, recognize coping deficits and strengths, and facilitate treatment recommendations. Psychosocial assessment in IBD requires a nuanced approach that goes beyond general mental health screening and considers the disease-specific concerns that impact patients. In this paper, we outline strategies for an IBD-focused psychological evaluation, including specific guidance for assessing disease-specific concerns of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, sleep, pain, body image disturbance, food-related quality of life, and psychological resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2024

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© The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2024.

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psychology
  • Ulcerative colitis

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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