Inpatient Care

  • Lydia White
  • Malcolm TanEmail author


The therapeutic relationship between patient and clinician is particularly important during an admission to hospital given the physical and psychological stressors involved. Clinicians must be aware of hospitalisation as a potentially tender time including, of course, the IBD nurse who often has a pre-existing relationship with the patient. However, heavy workloads in outpatient roles, uncertainty around value of visits, a lack of renumeration and activity capture for inpatient activity are all reasons why IBD nurses may find that supporting the inpatient becomes the least priority for a busy day. This chapter seeks to re-address the balance by looking first at the role of the IBD nurse when engaging with the IBD inpatient and secondly at an important clinical scenario from which to extrapolate principles for other acute admissions:
  • The IBD nurse in:
    • Trust/therapeutic relationship

    • Translation and teaching

    • Teamwork and trials

  • Medical considerations for the IBD inpatient
    • General and specific management

    • Salvage therapy

    • Timely colectomy

    • Discharge


Inpatient Teaching and learning Teamwork Acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Radcliffe HospitalOxfordUK
  2. 2.Rotorua HospitalRotoruaNew Zealand
  3. 3.Changi General HospitalSingaporeSingapore

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