Published online Apr 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i15.4457
Peer-review started: November 25, 2014
First decision: January 22, 2015
Revised: February 9, 2015
Accepted: March 12, 2015
Article in press: March 12, 2015
Published online: April 21, 2015
Core tip: Much inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care could be delivered in the outpatient setting by primary care physicians. Whilst guidelines for IBD treatment exist, they are intended to support specialist practice and are not designed to use in the primary care setting. Our systematic reviewed found that a striking paucity of IBD outpatient supportive/educational tools for primary healthcare practitioners currently exists. This is despite good evidence of acceptability and usefulness of such tools in other chronic diseases. Developing and evaluating IBD-specific tools for primary care use may improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.