practice of relying on ad hoc, informal teaching during clinic
visits and reliance on written materials needs to be reviewed.
Innovative education programs that are flexible and accessi-
ble to those with IBD need to be developed. Further, pro-
grams should include a component of ongoing education.
Technology such as the Internet, teleconferencing or interac-
tive, computer-based education may provide an effective
means of facilitating ongoing education and overcoming
some of the barriers of time, geography, illness and trans-
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