The combination of an ageing population and now recognised second peak of onset of IBD in individuals aged 60 and over means the management of IBD in the older person is becoming ever more important.
Comorbidity and polypharmacy are more likely in this age group which may impact upon management decisions, particularly in regard to the use of immunosuppressant, steroid and biological therapies.
This chapter considers specific considerations for nurses and other healthcare professionals managing the older person with IBD, highlighting appropriate assessment and management skills nurses can develop to play a meaningful role in the management of IBD in the elderly person.
KeywordsOlder person Ageing process Holistic care
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