P371 Using digital monitoring during the COVID pandemic to streamline outpatient appointments

Walsh, A.J.(1);Matini, L.(1);Wilson, J.(1);Lyden, S.(1);Al-Hillawi, L.(1);Kantschuster, R.(1);Kormilitzin, A.(2);Smith, T.(1);Slater, J.(1);Payton, S.(1);White, L.(1);Woodley, H.(1);Brain, O.(1);Palmer, R.(1);Ambrose, T.(1);Satsangi, J.(1);Travis, S.P.L.(1);

(1)Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, Oxford, United Kingdom;(2)University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom


Demand for outpatient appointments (OPAs) for IBD often exceeds capacity, partly due to scheduled follow up of patients who are well. The TrueColours-IBD (TC-IBD) platform and Escalation of Therapy or Intervention (ETI) calculator was trialed as a tool to triage appointments during the pandemic


TC-IBD is a web-based programme of email prompts linked to validated disease-specific indices. The ETI calculator was created after logistic regression showed that patient-reported symptoms and quality of life could calculate the probability of therapy escalation or intervention during an OPA (Fig 1).  A score ≤20 equates to ≤10% chance of escalation

The ETI calculator was developed for UC, but it was also applied to CD during the pandemic, replacing the SCCAI score with HBI. From Mar-Oct 2020 the ETI calculator was used to extend 145 OPAs (87 UC, 58 CD) from 1034 ETI assessments. TC-IBD data was assessed 2-6 weeks before a scheduled OPA. Patients were eligible for OPA extension if >2 symptom (SCCAI/HBI) and 1 QoL responses (IBD Control) within 4 weeks and ETI score ≤20. Patients with extended OPAs were monitored for 3 & 6-monthly ICHOM outcomes (www.ichom.org), collected through the TC-IBD platform


ICHOM outcomes available for 113/145 patients at 3 mo and 125/145 patients at 6 mo.  There were no emergency department visits, no hospitalisations, no surgery, colon cancer or death at either time point in patients whose appointment was extended.  1 patient with UC required prednisolone (Table 1)

Table 1: ICHOM Outcomes at 3 and 6 mo in patients with extended appointments

  No. patients with ICHOM data ED visits (IBD) Hospitalisations (IBD) Advice line contact (reporting a flare) Prednisolone (IBD) Surgery Colon cancer Death
3m (UC)   75/87   0   0   10 (5)   1   0   0   0
6m (UC)   68/87   0   0   10 (7)   0   0   0   0
3m (CD)   58/58   0   0   5 (2)   0   0   0   0
6m (CD)   57/58   0   0   6 (2)   0   0   0   0

Of 12 reported flares of UC, 9 patients required medication change (vedolizumab re-induction +budesonide MMX (1),  budesonide MMX (3), topical steroids (2), 5ASA up-titration +laxatives (2), laxatives (1)). Of 4 reported flares for CD, 3 patients required medication change (adalimumab up-titration +budesonide CIR (1), budesonide CIR (1), topical steroids (1)). Placing outcomes in context, 1536 of our patients completed ICHOM outcomes during the 6 mo period (UC 856, CD 680). Prednisolone was given to 58 & 22, ED visits in 11 & 21, hospital admission in 20 & 21 and IBD-related operations in 4 & 14 IBD (UC & CD respectively)


Routine digital monitoring of symptoms, quality of life and PROMs can safely streamline outpatient care in IBD