The Outpatients’ Clinic at Aarhus University Hospital has, as one of the first departments in Denmark, developed a school for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is a school for adults who have been diagnosed within the last three years.

The Patient School was established in the spring of 2003. Nurses with special experience in these diseases have established an educational programme providing knowledge of the diseases and their treatment in order to increase the patients’ capability to cope with these diseases and take responsibilty for themselves and their medication. From the spring of 2003 to the autumn of 2004 a survey was carried out using a questionaire to clarify what benefit the patients reaped from attending the school. It is the author’s conclusion that the Patient School is a valuable tool in the management of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and that it should become a permanent concept on offer to patients with inflammatory bowel disease.