[Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases competence network ].

Authors:
U R Fölsch, J Grebe, S Schreiber
Year of publication:
2004
Volume:
45
Issue:
4
Issn:
0020-9554
Journal title abbreviated:
INTERNIST
Journal title long:
Der Internist
Impact factor:
0.336
Abstract:
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are intermittently appearing, often chronic diseases mostly affecting young people between 20-30 years of age influencing their quality of life and socioeconomic efficiency. The triggering factors for the development of IBD are not completely understood: besides environmental factors there is clear evidence for additional genetic factors influencing the risk of disease and the pattern of gut inflammation in Crohn''s disease. Pathopysiological discoveries are leading to new therapeutic opportunities which are conducted in large clinical studies with main participation of the competence network IBD. The disseminated structure of the network comprising universitary and nonuniversitary hospitals and labs, the self-help-organization DCCV and its vertical cooperation with general practitioners nationwide gives opportunity to describe the diseases from the point of view of the scientist and the physician simultaneously. Therefore the competence network IBD yields the basis for the standardized integration of patient information, for the development of guidelines and the establishment of a quality management system thus leading to an improvement of scientific and clinical research.