Introduction The IBD audit programme, first established in 2004 has conducted several rounds of audit. The programme’s aim is to improve the care of people with IBD by; facilitating the collection of key aspects of data on patient care and organisational services, analysing and disseminating the results, providing recommendations for improvements based on the key findings in the analyses.
Methods Since 2006 the programme has facilitated up to 4 rounds of data collection on adults and children for inpatient care, organisation of IBD services and administration of biological therapies. We also collected data on patients experiences of care and the provision of care in primary care services. In 2015 the programme team hosted 8 regional workshops and proactively helped hospital IBD teams to develop action plans on key aspects of care that required improvements in their local areas.
Results Over the 10 years of the programme’s work - a high level of participation in the audit has been achieved, >90% participation rate from IBD hospital teams across the UK. There have been many improvements in patient care, the most notable since 2006 to date, are a reduction in mortality during admissions, reduction in unplanned surgery, increased patient contact with an IBD nurse, improved rates of prescribing heparin and bone protection. From the biological therapies audit, results clearly demonstrate biological therapies for IBD are effective and safe treatments. Patterns of prescribing are changing with earlier use in patients with less severe disease suggesting doctors have become more familiar with the treatment.
Despite the positive improvements, the most recent audit, reported in 2014, identified that there were still aspects of care requiring improvements including treatment of anaemia, access to dietetic support and management of people attending out patient care. Also, the two audits on patient experience between 2010 and 2012 showed no improvements in patient’s experiences of care.
The 8 regional workshops hosted in 2015 across the UK proved to be a successful initiative. They were attended by 84 trusts and healthcare boards. 74% of delegates surveyed at 6 months agreed that these had helped them to improve their service.
Conclusion 10 years of intensive working and engagement with the IBD community, the programme could not boast of its achievements without acknowledging the support of the community. However further and continued improvements in patient care for people with IBD are necessary. In 2016 the IBD audit programme will be transitioning to the UK IBD Registry. There will be a continued emphasis to help hospital teams to make continued improvements in the quality of care of people with IBD through a number of initiatives.
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