Quality of life refers to the general well-being of our patients and how they view themselves. Our goal is that each patient feels well and that his or her life and activities are not adversely affected by IBD. At each clinic visit, patients rate their quality of life on a 10-point scale. The goal is to have every patient rate his or her quality of life as excellent. This translates to between 8 and 10 on the 10-point scale.
How We Measure
Quality of life is reported by the patient or the patient’s parent (if the patient is under 9 years old) at each visit. Quality of life is rated on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest score.
We review all patients with an upcoming appointment and identify their quality of life documented at the last visit. If the patient’s quality of life is reported as less than 8, recommendations are made to the care team to consider a referral to our IBD psychologist.
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