Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Topics: Neurogastroenterology & Motility, Small intestine & nutrition

Authors: Bohumil Seifert, Anton Emmanuel, Carla Flik, Johann Hammer, Pali Hungin, Greg Rubin, Robin Spiller, PJ Whorwell, Niek J de Wit
Release date: December 2012, reviewed/updated September 2018
The translation into other languages was generously supported with an unrestricted educational grant by Almirall.

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About this online course

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most prevalent functional gastrointestinal disease seen in primary care. IBS is a multidisciplinary problem that also places a substantial burden on gastroenterologists and can require the involvement of other specialists.

This updated UEG online learning course on IBS is delivered in four modules comprising contributions from an international team of primary care and secondary care experts. Learners are invited to test their knowledge before undertaking each module and then again at the end of each module.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how consultation skills are important in patients presenting with functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Understand the patient‘s perspective of the disorder including its impact on their quality of life
  • Define constipation-predominant IBS (IBS-C) and use the definition to classify and recognise the clinical features of IBS-C
  • Define diarrhoea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) and use the definition to classify and recognise the clinical features of IBS-D

Target audience

This course is aimed at general practitioners, general practitioners in training and specialist gastroenterologists; however, it is also suitable for other health or allied professionals with an interest in irritable bowel syndrome.