The management and treatment of Crohn’s disease (CD) has been an ongoing topic of interest for the CARE Gastroenterology Faculty. The Faculty has met to discuss this, as well as other topical issues in gastroenterology, throughout the year, bringing perspectives from Western, Central and Eastern Canada. There are a number of prognostic factors that need to be considered when deciding on what therapy will be used on a patient-by-patient basis. In current practice, some of these factors may be underappreciated/overlooked. For this reason, the Faculty thought there was a need to develop a tool that helps inform therapy choice, based on these factors. This is important as there are implications for choosing certain therapies in the induction setting that may also impact the future of the disease.
This publication will not only identify important considerations in terms of disease risk and disease activity for determining disease severity, but also identify the appropriate treatment options based on these prognostic predictors and factors with the use of clinical practice case studies.