Patients with IBD ‘without a doubt’ struggle with mental health

AUSTIN, Texas – Knowing the burden of inflammatory bowel disease and the constraints of time with gastroenterologists, advanced practice providers and registered nurses need to step into the role of confidant and referral for patients suffering from the mental burden of IBD, according to a experts and patients at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.
“It’s so important as providers and RNs that we are routinely screening for anxiety and depression in these patients. The rates of depression range from 15% to 25%,” Nana Bernasko, RN, of Penn State Hershey

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