An Overview of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] has an 11% prevalence and accounts for 25-50% 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 [10 – 20% of the population], but that only 25% seek medical attention. Women are 2-3 times more likely to have IBS in America. [1, 2, 3] The purpose of this article is to provide information about IBS, including signs and symptoms, etiology, predisposing and contributing factors, gender differences and approaches for management.

Course Publication Date: March 13, 2018

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Author:Ray Lengel RN, FNP, MS
Course No:IBS030618
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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