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A Call to Action: Optimal Diagnosis and Treatment of IBD in the Older Adult

A Call to Action: Optimal Diagnosis and Treatment of IBD in the Older Adult


Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

1 hour


September 17, 2012


September 17, 2013

Maximum Credits

1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

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Jointly sponsored by

Commercial Supporter

Support for this activity has been provided through an educational grant from Abbott, Aptalis, UCB, and Warner Chilcott.

Program Description

As members of the Baby Boomer generation enter their 60s, it is reasonable to anticipate that clinicians will face an increase in the number of older patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Older patients with IBD can be a particular challenge for the practicing clinician, because they often present such issues as extensive differential diagnoses, comorbidities, polypharmacy, and poor patient adherence. These challenges complicate medical management and worsen patient outcomes. In this interactive activity, the faculty presents a series of clinical discussions on the diagnosis and treatment of older patients with IBD and delivers information that will help clinicians to improve the IBD care they provide and achieve better outcomes for their older IBD patients.

Intended Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and other health care professionals involved in the care of older patients with IBD.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the differential diagnosis of IBD in older patients
  • Employ strategies for accurately diagnosing IBD in older patients
  • Explain factors that affect the safe use of IBD therapeutic agents in older patients
  • Design effective strategies to treat active disease and maintain remission of IBD in older patients


Seymour Katz, MDActivity Chair
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Seymour Katz, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Consultant/Scientific Advisor: Abbott, UCB
Research/Clinical Trial Support: Abbott, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Braintree, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Centocor, Dr. Falk, Eisai, Forest, Frontage, Furiex, Genentech, Human Genome Sciences, Hutchison MediPharma, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Millennium, Otsuka, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Prometheus, Salix, Tioga Pharmaceuticals, Tsumura, UnitedBioSource, University of Pennsylvania, XenoPort, Yale
Speakers' Bureau: UCB, Warner Chilcott

Dr. Katz discusses the unlabeled or investigational use of a commercial product.

Darrell S. Pardi, MD
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Darrell S. Pardi, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Advisory Board: Pfizer
Consultant: Optimer

Christina M. Surawicz, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Christina M. Surawicz, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


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The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician regarding diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient’s medical condition.


Method of Participation:
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