Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disorder of the intestine. The incidence of IBD is increasing worldwide, including Japan, and in approximately 25% of all affected patients it is diagnosed before 18 years of age. For the health maintenance of such patients, planned transition to adult care systems is essential. Previous Japanese surveys have revealed gaps between adult and pediatric gastroenterologists with regard to their knowledge and perception of health-care transition for patients with childhood-onset IBD. In 2021-2022, several Web workshops to discuss issues related to the transitional care of IBD patients were held by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan as part of their program for research on intractable diseases. Clinicians experienced in IBD treatment for pediatric and adult patients participated. As a result, this panel of adult and pediatric gastroenterologists developed five consensus statements on the issue of "transfer from pediatric to adult care" and nine statements on the issue of "addressing transitional care (transition program)." To address current gaps in health-care transition for childhood-onset IBD patients, a programmed approach to transition, and better partnerships between pediatric and adult gastroenterologists are indicated. It is hoped that this consensus statement will provide a basis for the development of appropriate guidelines for clinical practice.
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2022|
- inflammatory bowel disease
- referral form
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health