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Treating IBS: A Patient-Centered Approach

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
T. Domi Le, MD, MA

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most prevalent of functional gastrointestinal disorders, is commonly diagnosed by gastroenterologists and primary care physicians. Recurrent abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, along with bloating and distention, are typical features of IBS. It impacts up to 15 percent of adults and interferes with patients’ daily lives. Economically, IBS is associated with reduced productivity and poses a burden to the healthcare system. Amid quantifiable costs measured by outpatient visits, diagnostic tests, and medications, the individual patient’s quality of life suffers with no single go-to therapy.