Treatment Decisions: Shared Decision-Making

You should always have a front row seat to your own healthcare, especially when it comes to making treatment decisions.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect everyone differently. The best decision is the one that meets your needs. Your doctor may have the medical expertise to know what’s going on inside your gastrointestinal tract, but only you know how you feel. It’s important for you to be involved and engaged with your healthcare team at every point in your IBD journey.


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Understanding Treatment Options in IBD This webinar highlights IBD medication treatment options as well as the importance of participating in shared decision-making with your healthcare team to determine the treatment plan that is best.

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When seeing your doctor:

  • Review all treatment options, along with the benefits and risks.

  • Consider which medications align best with your treatment goals and preferences.

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. Let your provider know your preferences and what’s most important to you and your family.

  • Work with your provider to weigh your preferences with your treatment options to make a decision.

We can help you understand the different types of treatments that are available to patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis so that you can have a meaningful and honest conversation with your doctor and work together to pick the right treatment  for you.


Online Decision-Making Resources

Picking a medication is not easy. There are a lot of factors to consider. In addition to talking with your healthcare provider, our online tools can help you learn more about the types of medications and compare your options

We have partnered with EmmiDecide to create three interactive platforms designed to help you become a more informed patient. These online resources explain how IBD can progress and how it impacts the digestive system before going over the pros and cons of different medications. The program asks you questions along the way and then lists your preferences in a checklist that you can print and bring to your doctor’s appointment.

EmmiDecide can help you understand your options, if you are considering an anti-TNF medication or immunomodulators:


Crohn’s Disease: Treatment Options

  • An explanation of Crohn’s disease and how it affects the body

  • Pros and cons of treatments, including  immunomodulators, anti-TNF medications, and combination therapy


Ulcerative Colitis: Treatment Options

  • An explanation of ulcerative colitis and how it affects the body

  • Pros and cons of medications and surgical options

  • An overview of common patient concerns, including special diets and the effects of smoking


Treatment Options for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families

  • Diet and nutrition options

  • Pros and cons of nutritional support therapy for children and teens

  • Pros and cons of immunomodulators, anti-TNF medications, and combination therapy



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