A Primer on 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. 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: May 18, 2020

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Author:Ray Lengel RN, FNP, MS
Course No:IBS121819
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Pediatric Medicine
Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pain Management
Women's Health
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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