Kanu C, Brown C, Barner B, Chapman C, Walker H. The effect of a tailored patient activation intervention in inflammatory bowel disease patients. JCPnP. 2019 Sep;67(3):11-21.


Purpose: A pre-test, post-test, control group design was employed to investigate the impact of a tailored patient activation intervention (PAI) among inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients.

Methods: Patients who met the inclusion criteria were selected from medical records via convenience sampling, were consented, and completed a baseline survey. Based on responses to the baseline 13-item patient activation measure (PAM-13), they were categorized into one of four patient activation stages. During office visits, intervention patients (N=23) were given a tailored PAI based on their baseline stage, which consisted of an information booklet and focused discussion with the gastroenterologist, while the control group (N=27) received usual care. Baseline and 1-month post-intervention scores were compared between the intervention (N=20) and control (N=21) groups for changes in patient activation score, medication adherence, and satisfaction with care.

Results: Most participants were Caucasian (88%), female (64%), college graduates (56%), and had Crohn’s disease (59.2%). Overall, females had a significantly higher (p=0.04) mean activation score (mean=70.9±15.4) than males (mean=60.9±10.7) at baseline. This trend was the same post-intervention (75.6 females vs 64.4 males; p=0.03). The difference in mean activation scores pre- vs postintervention was not statistically significant between the intervention and control groups (mean=4.9±12.3, p=0.21). However, this difference could be considered to be clinically significant based on results from previous studies. There were no significant differences in medication adherence or satisfaction scores pre- vs post-intervention for either group.

Conclusion: Tailored PAIs have the potential to increase activation level of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. This customized medical interaction increased patient involvement in disease management and could potentially lead to improved health outcomes.

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