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Rural and Urban Disparities in the Care of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada

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In a recent study covered in Dovepress article, Canadian researchers reported that there were lower rates of gastroenterologist physician visits, more hospitalizations, and greater rates of ED visits in rural IBD patients. These disparities in health services use result in costlier care for rural patients. Innovative methods of delivering gastroenterology care to rural IBD patients (such as telehealth, online support, and remote clinics) should be explored, especially for communities lacking easy access to gastroenterologists.

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