Nutrition and IBD for Dietitians
Nutrition and IBD for Dietitians

Nutrition and IBD for Dietitians

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About Course

For patients with inflammatory bowel disease, proper nutritional care can be life-changing – and even lifesaving.

Conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can make it hard to properly ingest, digest, and absorb food and water. Because of this, they need to be managed carefully to keep patients as healthy as possible, and to prevent or alleviate nutrition-related complications like malnutrition and obstruction.

After completing this course, you will walk away with a greater understanding of the role of nutritional care in IBD, as well as a deeper insight into the science behind IBD pathophysiology and treatment.

Nutrition and IBD for Dietitians is designed to provide you with IBD-specific knowledge that you can apply in your practice as a dietitian.

It can be counted towards 15 CPD hours.

(Course accessible immediately upon enrolment and remains so for one year – price inclusive of GST)

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Understand the biological processes behind the development and presentation of IBD
  • Explore the diagnosis and treatment of IBD, including medical, surgical, and nutritional strategies
  • Apply this insight to the dietetic management of IBD patients, both throughout the patient journey and in a variety of disease contexts
  • Identify and reflect on the different nutritional therapies used to treat inflammation, complications, and symptoms
  • Apply knowledge of the biology, diagnosis, and treatment of coeliac disease to its dietetic management

Click here to download a course overview.

The GutSmart Team would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their generous contributions to this course:

  • Elizabeth Purcell, AdvAPD
  • Dr Emma Halmos, PhD, APD
  • Jessica Moon, APD
  • Dr Darcy Holt, MD
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Course Content

Module 1 – Introducing IBD
In this module, you will learn about the genetic, environmental, and microbial factors that increase a person's risk of developing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The role of the immune system in IBD is also explored.

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Introduction to IBD
  • Symptoms
  • Aetiology
  • Aetiology (continued)
  • Knowledge check 1.2
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pathophysiology (continued)
  • Knowledge check 1.3
  • Complications
  • Complications (continued)
  • Knowledge check 1.4
  • The role of the dietitian
  • Reflection 1.1
  • References
  • Module 1: Final quiz
  • Knowledge check 1.1

Module 2 – Diagnosis And Treatment
This module will introduce you to our case-study Theo and take you through his healthcare journey. You will learn how a differential diagnosis of IBD is made, and why specific treatment options are considered for different patients.

Module 3 – Nutritional care
In this module, you will consider the nutritional care requirements of patients like our case-study Anna. Through her experiences, you will become familiar with the nutritional effects of IBD and the different dietary strategies that are used to treat active disease and prevent or manage complications and functional symptoms.

Module 4 – Surgical management
This module will explore surgery in IBD through our case-study Amir. You will learn about different surgical procedures and their dietetic management, from the pre-operative phase all the way through to at-home recovery, with a special focus on ostomy care.

Module 5 – Intestinal failure
In this module, you will be introduced to intestinal failure – particularly short bowel syndrome – and the dietetic strategies that are used to minimise its effects on health and wellbeing. Through our case-study Miriam, you will deepen your understanding of enteral and parenteral nutrition and learn how dehydration and other complications can be managed.

Module 6 – Coeliac Disease
This module will explore coeliac disease through our case-study Tammy and her sister Maria. You will learn how patients are supported in implementing a gluten-free diet, and the different strategies that are used to help patients who do not respond well to treatment.