What are the benefits of patient education in the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Jenifer K Lehrer, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patient education remains the cornerstone of successful treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Teach the patient to identify stressors and to develop avoidance techniques. Many patients successfully manage their symptoms with attention to dietary triggers.

For patient education resources, see Digestive Disorders Center, as well as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and Chronic Pain.

Clinicians may also wish to refer patients to the following short video, which provides a simplified but clear and concise overview about what irritable bowel syndrome is, and its epidemiology, risk factors, and management options, as well as a brief explanation of the difference between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.


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