I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to join the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for a Facebook Live Chat during World IBD Day (2018)!
I was joined by Dr. Smita Halder (Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University) and Rebecca H. Kaplan (Public Affairs & Social Media Manager for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation) to discuss the similarities and differences in IBD care between Canada and the USA.
You can watch the video below:
Questions we answered (plus more from the live viewers):
Q1: Eric, can you share with us what it was like when you were being diagnosed with
Crohn’s? How long did it take you to get a diagnosis from the time you started having
Q2: How did you go about finding a gastroenterologist/IBD specialist?
Q3: What’s been your overall experience accessing IBD care in your country?
Q4: Dr. Halder, what led you to specialize in IBD?
Q5: What do you think are the biggest hurdles that patients with IBD face in their care?
Q6: We know that living with IBD places a huge burden on a person’s emotional health
and quality of life. How are psychosocial issues incorporated into patient care in
Q7: What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed related to IBD care in your country?
Q8: Crohn’s and colitis are complex diseases and can cause patients to feel isolated.
What are some of the educational resources and support services available in Canada
to empower patients?
Q9: What’s the one thing the IBD community has in common, in your opinion,
Q10: How do you feel that uniting globally around awareness dates like World IBD Day
makes a difference for IBD patients?
For more information on the Gutsy Peer Support program offered by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, click HERE.