Irritable Bowel Syndrome – AKA Spastic Colon
Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] accounts for 12% of all visits to primary care providers and 28% of visits to gastroenterologists, making IBS the most common of functional GI disorder in the US. It is estimated that 20 million Americans are affected [15 – 20% of the population], but that only 25% seek medical attention. Approximately 60 – 75% of people with IBS are women. The purpose of this course is to provide information about IBS, including signs and symptoms, etiology, predisposing and contributing factors, gender differences and approaches for management.

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Author:Karen Edmondson RN, MN
Course No:IBS080811
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pain Management
Pediatric Medicine
Women's Health

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Learning Objectives
  • Identify signs and symptoms of IBS.
  • Discuss causative or contributing factors related to IBS.
  • Summarize gender-based differences in symptom presentation and pain perception related to IBS.
  • Review the standardized clinical guidelines used to diagnose IBS.
  • Outline treatment strategies for the management of IBS.


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