P030 Assessing dietetic interventions in inflammatory bowel disease patients

Norman, E.(1)*;Hoque, S.(2);

(1)Whipps Cross University Hospital, Dietetics, London, United Kingdom;(2)Whipps Cross University Hospital, Gastroenterology, London, United Kingdom;


Nutrition can play a role in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as general nutritional status, however there are many types of dietetic interventions depending on the circumstances. We decided to survey some of the nutrition interventions that IBD patients may be provided with to obtain a general picture of how helpful this is to patients, as well as the effectiveness of having a specific IBD dietetic post.


The inclusion criteria were patients with a diagnosis of IBD, reviewed by the IBD dietitian and patients had to be under the IBD team at Whipps Cross Hospital. Patients were asked if they consented to providing their email address for the anonymous survey link to be sent to. The survey was then emailed to 50 IBD patients. Nine questions were asked on the survey and an internet survey provider was used.


The total response rate was 32% to the survey. The mean age was about 40 years old. 40% of patients were male with the remainder being female. 58% of the patients had Crohn’s disease with the remainder having UC. 100% of patients felt the dietitian involved them in decision making. The results of the following dietetic interventions are only where applicable to patients: 100% of patients rated nutrition support care (including exclusive enteral nutrition for Crohn’s disease) as excellent or good. 100% of patients rated specific IBD dietary advice as excellent or good. 100% of patients rated functional symptoms or irritable bowel syndrome advice as excellent or good. 100% of patients rated artificial nutrition advice as good. 81% of patients felt advice improved symptoms and nutritional state with 13% being unsure. 81% of patients felt advice improved quality of life with 13% being unsure. 81% of patients felt cultural, lifestyle and language needs were considered with 13% being unsure. 100% of patients felt having access to a dietitian was helpful.


All patients felt that the specific types of dietary care provided were excellent or good, with the majority of patients responding that advice improved symptoms, improved quality of life and that cultural and lifestyle needs were taken into account. All patients found it supportive to have a dietitian as part of the IBD multidisciplinary team. It would be useful in the future to further assess these types of dietetic care, such as exclusive enteral nutrition for Crohn’s disease. These findings support the best practice guidelines for having a dietetic post as part of the IBD team.