This module gives a quick introduction to the epidemiology and characteristic features of irritable bowel syndrome. It also outlines potential causative and aggravating factors.
This module explains the main approach to the diagnosis of IBS and highlights red flag symptoms that would warrant a referral.
IBS cannot be cured. This module outlines the approaches to help patients lead as normal a life as possible. It highlights the importance of patient education and the role of pharmacological therapies to target individual symptoms in combination with dietary and lifestyle advice.
What you'll learn
- How to recognise the typical clinical features of IBS
- How to identify possible causes of IBS and aggravating factors
- How to evaluate symptoms and the red flags warranting referral
- What diagnostic criteria to use
- Which non-pharmacological options to offer and the role of patient education
- What investigations to carry out as per NICE guidance
- Which pharmacological therapies to consider