N17 Co Design of young person’s IBD clinic for 16-24 year olds

Hamzawi, M.(1);Brannick, S.(2);Hickey, Y.(2);Cullen, G.(2);Sheridan, J.(2);

(1)St Vincent's University Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology, Dublin, Ireland;(2)St Vincent's University Hospital, Gastroenterology, Dublin, Ireland;


In Ireland,young people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diagnosed in a paediatric hospital transition to adult services at 16 years of age. Transition is an essential milestone for adolescents with IBD as critical functioning skills necessary for self-management are not fully developed and adolescents often find it difficult to engage with health care professionals about their disease. To date an ideal transition model has not been defined. The aim of this pilot study was to seek input from a transition group to aid the development of future transition and young person clinics.


During 2019, 8 patients transitioning into our adult IBD service were assigned to the pilot structured multidisciplinary (MDT) pathway for 12 months. This involved meeting with Consultant, CNS, psychologist and dietitian at each clinic appointment. Patient experience measures were given after each visit and on completion of the pathway participants rated their experience on Likert scales and free text responses. Findings would be useful to steer service development.


At the end of 1 year excellent satisfaction rates were reported by those attending clinics with MDT input. Nonetheless 50% preferred consultant only clinics. 37.5% opted for full MDT review and 12.5% requested psychology input plus consultant at clinic.


The project highlights the importance of patient focused studies when designing young patient’s transition clinics. 50% of young IBD patients did not request full MDT on a regular basis. This study is being expanded to review patient experiences from a larger cohort aged 18-24 years and a Randomised Control Trial will be conducted to guide future a transition pathway