Research Articles

2019  |  Vol: 5(3)  |  Issue: 3 (May- June)  |
A clinical study on knowledge assessment in IBD: A glimpse in tertiary care hospital at Coimbatore, South India

G. SathyaPrabha1*, N. Srinivasan2, S. Aravindh 3, K. T. ManisenthilKumar4

1Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, KMCH College of Pharmacy (Affiliated to The TN Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai, India), Coimbatore, India

2Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy, Annamalai University, Chidambaram India

3Consultant Gastroenterologist, Department of Gastroenterology, Kovai Medical, Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, India

4Administrator, Pharmacy, Quality Control & Academic, Royal Care Super Specialty Hospital, Coimbatore, India

*Address for Corresponding Author

Prof. G. SathyaPrabha,

Department of Pharmacy Practice

 KMCH College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore- 641048 India


Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disease comprised of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) with uncertain etiology. There is rising incidence and prevalence of IBD in India topping the Southeast Asian (SEA) countries. Disease related knowledge plays a vital role in facilitating patient’s acceptance of their diagnosis and compliance with active participation in the treatment of IBD. Objective: The objective of the study is to analyze the disease related factor and to compare the difference in knowledge after educating the patients. Material and Methods: It was a prospective interventional study conducted in the outpatient Gastroenterology department of Kovai Medical Center and hospital, Coimbatore with total of 74 patients. Disease related patient knowledge was assessed by validated CCKNOW scale. Once after collecting the baseline information’s, patients were counseled for IBD and provided with information leaflets. During the follow up visit after a two month, parameters were reassessed and compared with the baseline visit. Results: In 74 IBD patients, 36 (48.6%) UC patients and 38(51.4%) CD patients, the mean CCKNOW score during the baseline visit was 6.56±3.26 and the revisit period of 16.17±2.16 respectively. Knowledge of patients about their disease were insufficient during baseline visit but the result shown slight improvement in patient knowledge with information leaflet in the re visit. Conclusion: The study proves that patient education programme is essential for better understanding   about the disease and their management with positive outcome. 

Keywords: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn’s disease (CD), Crohns and Colitis Knowledge Assessment (CCKNOW)

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