Web-based learning in inflammatory bowel diseases: General truths and current specifics

Zezos P1, Panisko D2. World J Clin Cases. 2018 Oct 6;6(11):410-417. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v6.i11.410.

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1 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6V4, Canada.

2 Master Teacher Program, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1, Canada.


In a field rapidly evolving over the past few years, the management of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is becoming increasingly complex, demanding and challenging. In the recent years, IBD quality measures aiming to improve patients' care have been developed, multiple new medical therapies have been approved, new treatment goals have been set with the "treat-to-target" concept and drug monitoring has been implemented into IBD clinical management. Moreover, patients are increasingly using Internet resources to obtain information about their health conditions. The healthcare professional with an interest in treating IBD patients should deal with all these challenges in everyday practice by establishing, enhancing and maintaining a strong core of knowledge and skills related to IBD. This is an ongoing process and traditionally these needs are covered with additional reading of textbook or journal articles, attendance at meetings or conferences, or at local rounds. Web-based learning resources expand the options for knowledge acquisition and save time and costs as well. In the new era of communications technology, web-based resources can cover the educational needs of both patients and healthcare professionals and can contribute to improvement of disease management and patient care. Healthcare professionals can individually visit and navigate regularly relevant websites and tailor choices for educational activities according to their existing needs. They can also provide their patients with a few certified suitable internet resources. In this review, we explored the Internet using PubMed and Startpage (Google), for web-based IBD-related educational resources aiming to provide a guide for those interested in obtaining certified knowledge in this subject.

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