Interdisciplinary model of care improves psychosocial disease outcomes in IBD

March 24, 2022

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Disclosures: Benson does not report any relevant financial information. Keefer reports having been a co-founder and shareholder of Trellus Health and a consultant for AbbVie, Lilly and Takeda.

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Preliminary data from the COMPASS-IBD study showed that an interdisciplinary model of care improved psychosocial outcome values ​​in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

“I wanted to take a special look at how interdisciplinary care can impact psychosocial outcomes in our newly diagnosed patients. Specifically, I looked at measures of resilience, self-efficacy, and disability,” Caroline Benson, a second-year medical student at Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, said in an exclusive Healio video. “We found that COMPASS-IBD patients had a statistically significant increase in self-efficacy at 12 months. We examine the areas of stress and emotional management of medical care, medical symptoms, and maintenance of remission. »

Preliminary results suggest that an interdisciplinary care program of IBD specialists, nutritionists, social workers, and clinical pharmacists improves patients’ confidence in their ability to manage their disease.

“Often patients have spent years or even a decade receiving poorly managed or poorly empowered care, and they come to us disabled, helpless and hopeless,” said Benson’s mentor, Laurie Keefer, PhD, professor of gastroenterology and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine, added. “One visit with the COMPASS program was enough for the patients to feel that someone was supporting them, someone looked at their whole history psychologically, nutritionally and medically and set the stage for them to be able to manage their illness on their own- same.”

In collaboration with Ryan Ungaro, MD, associate professor of gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine, Benson looks forward to further studying the effect of the COMPASS-IBD program at Mount Sinai and other long-term outcomes such as measures of mental health.


  • Gold S, et al. Poster: A comprehensive interdisciplinary care program for patients with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease is associated with lower utilization of healthcare resources. Featured at: Digestive Disease Week; May 21-24, 2021 (virtual meeting).

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