chapter  18
IBD, psychosocial functioning and the role of nurses
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Although infl ammatory bowel disease (IBD) is undoubtedly organic, the infl uence of psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety or depression, upon disease activity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is increasingly considered important. Modern IBD services are multi-disciplinary and specialist nurses are now seen as core to a good IBD team with greater responsibilities for the direct care and management of IBD patients. They are often the fi rst point of contact to the patient; therefore, they are well placed to play an important role in the assessment or management of psychosocial issues associated with IBD. This Chapter will provide a nursing view on management of psychological problems in IBD and explore the role of the specialist nurse within the multidisciplinary team.