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Inflammatory bowel disease and hospital treatment in Italy: the RING multi-centre study.
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PMID:  14687167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To explore the management of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, specifically Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in Italian gastroenterology units. METHODS: The RING (Ricerca Informatizzata in Gastroenterologia) project is an observational study collecting hospital discharge forms from 56 centres. Factors associated with the length of hospital stay were studied using multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: In 24 months starting from August 2000, out of 29,376 hospital discharge forms, 2131 (7.3%) were collected for inflammatory bowel disease (1163 for Crohn's disease and 968 for ulcerative colitis). The Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis groups were compared according to demographic characteristics, diagnoses, procedures and hospital stay. In Crohn's disease, computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, x-rays/barium enema, number of procedures and number of diagnoses were significantly associated with a hospital stay longer than 10 days. In ulcerative colitis, this association was found for parenteral nutrition, malnutrition, computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging and number of procedures. CONCLUSIONS: Crohn's disease was confirmed as a disabling disorder requiring more frequent hospital treatment than ulcerative colitis. For the latter, parenteral nutrition and malnutrition were related to a longer hospital stay. The number of procedures, especially abdominal computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, was a major item for both pathologies.
M Soncini; O Triossi; P Leo; G Magni;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0269-2813     ISO Abbreviation:  Aliment. Pharmacol. Ther.     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-22     Completed Date:  2004-03-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8707234     Medline TA:  Aliment Pharmacol Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gastroenterology, Hospital S Carlo Borromeo, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Colitis, Ulcerative / epidemiology,  therapy*
Crohn Disease / epidemiology,  therapy*
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
Italy / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Regression Analysis

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