eCase Challenge #1: Go with Your Gut: Improving Screening, Diagnosis, and Therapeutic Management of Patients with IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a chronic, and often debilitating, disorder that significantly impacts patient quality of life and results in billions of dollars of direct and indirect healthcare costs every year. Despite its prevalence in the U.S., only about a third of patients will seek medical care. Unfortunately, many patients will experience a significant delay, often years, before they are diagnosed and receive care. Timely diagnosis and treatment of IBS is crucial to improving patient quality of life and reducing symptom burden.

Given that so few patients obtain care for this complex disorder, and many wait years to seek care from their provider, it is vital that clinicians in the primary care setting ask the appropriate questions when a patient presents with symptoms so the patient can receive adequate and prompt treatment to experience the most effective symptom relief.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, the PA should be better able to:
  • Use effective screening when evaluating a patient for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Identify alarm features when evaluating a patient for potential IBS.
  • Implement the updated Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria for a diagnosis of IBS.
  • Select appropriate pharmacologic options when treating patients with IBS.