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April 6, 2016

Can You Teach a Teen New Tricks?

By Kanaaz Pereira

These days, everyone seems to have a coach. Here, Dr. Jeanne Tung, M.D., talks about problem solving coaching by telephone for teenagers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

We know that successfully taking medications for IBD is critical in inducing and maintaining remission. However, studies have shown that many teenagers may not be following through with their doctors’ instructions. Based on a recent study published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Dr. Tung discusses how structured coaching by telephone, for older teenagers and their families may be helpful in improving adherence.

Read the full study online here.

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Dr. Tung is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.


Tags: coaching, IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Jeanne Tung, medication adherence, phone counseling, Study Findings, teenagers, Tips from Clinicians

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