Gastroenterology

27 UTILIZATION OF AN ELECTONIC MEDICAL RECORD (EMR)-INTEGRATED DASHBOARD IMPROVES IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF IRON DEFICIENCY IN PEDIATRIC INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE




Anemia is frequently encountered in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with studies reporting an even greater prevalence among children (16-72%) than adults (4-67%) at any given time during disease course. Anemia is commonly a result of chronic iron deficiency (ID) and inflammation, with the two conditions often overlapping. Many studies have shown that gastroenterologists underecognize and undertreat these conditions. Moreover, there are currently no pediatric-specific guidelines. To align clinical practice with adult guideline recommendations and evidence-based publications, we developed a quality improvement (QI) initiative incorporating an algorithmic framework for recognition and treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in pediatric IBD.

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