P387 Rapid Implementation of an Evidence-Based, Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Education Clinic at the Nova Scotia Collaborative Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic (NSCIBD) Program

Komeylian, H.(1);Stewart, M.(1);Currie, B.(2);Phalen-Kelly, K.(2);Heisler, C.G.(2);Jones, J.(1);

(1)Dalhousie University, Medicine- Gastroenterology, Halifax, Canada;(2)Nova Scotia Health, Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy, Halifax, Canada;


The COVID-19 global pandemic has been associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Rapid adaptation of approaches to clinical management as well as policy decisions in relation to implementation of vaccination programs for persons living with IBD has been required throughout the pandemic. To meet the sudden demand of large scale public health-mandated COVID-19 vaccine education for patients living with IBD in Nova Scotia a novel, evidence-based, virtual COVID-19 vaccine educational intervention was developed, implemented, and evaluated.


This was a prospective, observational, cross sectional, implementation-effectiveness study conducted at the NSCIBD program between April-July 2021. The educational intervention consisted of a standardized email outlining evidence relating to risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations. The intervention was offered to all patients contacting the NSCIBD program with questions or concerns about the vaccine. During one-on-one virtual visits, standardized and evidence-based information was provided by a gastroenterologist or IBD nurse practitioner. Following the session, an anonymous questionnaire (NoviSurvey) evaluated key implementation metrics including satisfaction, appropriateness, usefulness, perceived impact on knowledge and vaccine hesitancy, willingness to participate in future sessions, and recommendations for improvement. Descriptive analyses were conducted, with group means expressed as proportions for categorical variables and means for numerical variables.


A total of 265 patients were invited to participate in the online survey, with a response rate of 49% (131/265). Before the session, 48.9% (64/131) expressed COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and 26% (35/131) expressed concerns relating to risks versus benefits of COVID-19 vaccines. Ninety-one percent (119/131) of respondents found the education program to be helpful and 92% (121/131) indicated there was no information perceived to be lacking from the session. Following the intervention, the proportion of those willing to get vaccinated rose from 61% to 86.3%. Only 1.5% (2/131) indicated that they would likely not get vaccinated. Most participants (77%, 101/131) found the written and virtually administered educational content to be satisfactory and 88% (115/131) were willing to participate in similar virtual education offerings in the future.


Implementation of an evidence-based, multidisciplinary COVID-19 vaccination education intervention delivered using a virtual platform was perceived to be feasible, acceptable, and effective by IBD patients. Further research on innovative, evidence-based, multidisciplinary educational interventions and the impact of these interventions on IBD clinical outcomes are needed.