Gastroenterology

P027 TRANSITION OF CARE OF ACTIVE DUTY PATIENTS WITH IBD TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: TOOLKIT FOR SUCCESS



The shift from being an active duty military patient with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) seen in a military treatment facility (MTF) to being a veteran receiving chronic illness care within the Veterans Administration (VA) is a time of increased vulnerability and risk for loss of continuity of care, and poor disease outcomes. A transitional care program must prioritize the psychosocial growth, self-efficacy and disease-specific knowledge of active military patients who are transitioning to VA care as well as enhance collaborative management between military and VA providers.

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