Epidemiology and Aetiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Topic: IBD

European CME Credit: 1

Authors: Klaartje Bel Kok, Charles Murray
Release date: August 2020, reviewed/updated July 2022
This course was developed by UEG and is accredited with EACCME
All related CME accreditation is freely available upon course completion

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About this online course

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — are chronic, relapsing disorders that have a significant impact at both the individual and societal level. 

This online course explains current knowledge on the epidemiology and aetiology of IBD. Authors Klaartje Bel Kok and Charles Murray highlight what is known about the worldwide incidence and prevalence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and how environmental factors, the microbiome and genetics are thought to contribute to the immune response that culminates in the inflammation experienced by patients with IBD. 

Learning objectives

  • To understand how to reach a conclusive diagnosis of GORD
  • To know how to reach a conclusive diagnosis of no GORD
  • To understand how to deal with an inconclusive diagnosis

Target audience

This course is suitable for gastroenterologists in training, but it is also appropriate for physicians and surgeons in other disciplines who have an interest in IBD, as well as nurses, biotechnicians and advanced-years’ medical students who have an interest in gastroenterology.