Reactive vs. Proactive Pain Control in IBD

Clinical Trial ID: NCT03798405


The investigators will compare two physician behaviors for managing pain in patients with IBD: proactive vs. reactive. Both the proactive and reactive behavior/strategies are standard of care at the institution in which the study will be performed. The PROACTIVE strategy is an IBD-specific analgesic orderset (built into our EMR and approved by the institution's Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee), the REACTIVE strategy is a traditional "reactive" analgesic prescribing (prescribing medications only when patients have pain). The PROACTIVE IBD-specific analgesic orderset consists of medications which have evidence for use in IBD-related pain. This orderset is an educational guide, it does not force any order. The reactive prescribing habits could contain an array of pain medications depending on what the provider wants to prescribe. Aims: Aim 1: To assess whether there is a difference in pain scores or functional activity among hospitalized patients with IBD between reactive vs proactive physician behaviors. Aim 2: To assess whether there is a difference in inpatient opioid-prescribing between reactive vs proactive physician behaviors. Aim 3: To assess whether there is a difference in health care utilization, including length-of-stay and 30-day readmission, between reactive vs proactive physician behaviors.

Prospective, investigator-blinded, single-institution randomized-control trial . Consecutive adult patients with IBD (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) admitted to the hospital will be screened for eligibility, and eligible patients will be approached and consented to participate. Subjects will be randomized to receive the P.A.I.N.-Sparing bundle or usual care. Patient randomization will be stratified by provider to avoid bias, using a web-based in-house system (RANDI3). Subjects will also be provided with a fitness tracker (Fitbit(R)) to measure functional status during their hospital stay.


Inclusion Criteria: - Adults with confirmed IBD diagnosis - Admitted for primary IBD-related sign or symptom Exclusion Criteria: - Admitted for primary non-IBD complaint - Surgery in the last 30 days - Alternative (non-IBD) GI diagnosis determined - Age <18 - Pregnancy

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    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

  • Condition Name

    Ulcerative Colitis

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