Clinical Guidelines for Ulcerative Colitis

Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Medical Management of Non-hospitalized Ulcerative Colitis December 2015

Click here to download the Lay Version of the Canadian UC Clinical Practice Guidelines 


Introduction

Clinical practice guidelines are important for healthcare professionals as they provide an overview of a clinical problem (in this case non-hospitalized ulcerative colitis) and recommendations on the best way to medically manage a condition.

Consensus guidelines are developed by health care experts who review all of the currently available scientific information, come to an agreement and make recommendations about the optimal treatment strategy. The statements and recommendations contained within the guidelines are intended to guide doctors in their decisions to use certain medications or treatments. They do not necessarily take into account that there may be unique patient circumstances that require a different approach to be taken – each patient requires individualized care.

The relationship between a physician and patient is critical. Together they make important decisions on treatment plans. Access to accurate information about treatment options will help patients have informed discussions with their physician and choose the best path forward. When patients are truly involved in making decisions about their treatments they feel empowered, which in turn means they are more likely to stick to the plan.

This lay version of the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Medical Management of Nonhospitalized Ulcerative Colitis is intended to empower patients to take charge of their health and become equal partners with their care providers.

Click here to download the Lay Version of the Canadian UC Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Click here to watch a webinar that will introduce you to the new Canadian clinical practice guidelines for managing your ulcerative colitis in order to help you better understand your treatment options and talk to your physician about your treatment plan.

 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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