Flip No. 32

Ease the burden of common problems that come with chronic disease

Self-reporting systems and support help patients when they’re at home.

By UCLAibd

Individuals who contend with chronic illness frequently struggle with the additional burden of common problems like pain, fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation. These symptoms and side effects can undermine a patient’s overall quality of life.

At UCLA’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, the organization partnered with patients to find solutions to everyday illness-related problems. Based on conversations with patients about their needs, the IBD Center developed a supplemental wellness program. With it, patients can access resources like yoga, meditation, and meal planning online. By encouraging daily self-reporting, the IBD Center supports patients within the context of their daily lives—and keeps track of the bigger picture of a patient’s overall health.