Irritable bowel syndrome: practitioner awareness, patient education can limit utilization

Dis Manag Advis. 2002 Dec;8(12):185-7, 177.


It may not be life-threatening, but IBS is more prevalent than either diabetes or asthma, and millions continue to access the health care system for relief because many clinicians aren't sure how to diagnose or treat the condition. In fact, there are a number of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions that can help sufferers better manage their condition while keeping the lid on utilization. See how clinicians can best recognize and do battle with this somewhat mysterious disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Awareness*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / diagnosis
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / physiopathology
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Washington