Therapeutic Options for IBS: An Update for Primary Care
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a highly prevalent chronic GI disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, and may present with either constipation or diarrhea or …
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a highly prevalent chronic GI disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, and may present with either constipation or diarrhea or mixed bowel habits. Specifically, the disease burden of patients with IBS relates to a substantial reduction of quality of life and increased health care utilization with subsequent economic burden as well. Recently, the publication of the Rome IV clinical criteria has enabled providers to make a positive diagnosis of IBS by applying symptom-based criteria with little additional testing necessary to ascertain the diagnosis of IBS. There is a great need to disseminate this new guidance to practicing providers in order to close this knowledge gap and empower healthcare providers in the diagnosis and management of patients with IBS. Our program will aim to provide education in these areas in order to provide healthcare workers with the most effective tools to diagnose IBS correctly and reduce the disease burden.
After completing this activity, the participant will be better able to:Identify symptom criteria for the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and its subtypes by eliciting a thorough patient history and applying clinical symptom criteriaImplement available screening and diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of IBS and recognize indications for referral to specialist careArticulate the range of treatment options (both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies) for patients with IBSInterpret consensus guidelines for the management of IBSSummarize evidence-based guidelines for effective monitoring of patients with IBSEstablish strategies to improve communication between patients and healthcare providers concerning their symptoms of IBS and its management in order to improve outcomes
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