IBS Awareness


In order to critically evaluate the rapidly expanding research about IBS and to assess the evidence of efficacy of IBS drugs and treatments, the ACG IBS Task Force in 2008 performed a comprehensive meta-analysis of the evidence on therapies for IBS. The group updated its 2002 evidence-based position statement on IBS therapies. This new Systematic Review on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome was published in January 2009 as a supplement to The American Journal of Gastroenterology. These peer-reviewed recommendations were adopted by the College and offer clinicians new graded recommendations on testing and treatment of this chronic, recurrent functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that affects all aspects of daily life for its sufferers. For the gastroenterologist seeing patients with IBS, the ACG recommendations offer the opportunity to make clinical decisions based on a thorough assessment of the evidence.

Interactive IBS Patient Education Tools

ACG developed two interactive tools aimed at helping to provide answers and hope to millions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers struggling for relief. The first Web education tool – called “The IBS Test” – is intended to help undiagnosed individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The second – called the “IBS Treatment Matrix” – offers basic information, as well as graded recommendations, on sixteen categories of IBS therapies.

The IBS Test

Over the last 20 years, a number of scientific studies have demonstrated that people with IBS tend to have higher levels of sensitivity in the intestines compared to those who do not have IBS. The IBS Test interactive tool allows you to quickly distinguish whether you are experiencing the most common symptoms associated with IBS through a series of easy-to-answer questions. Capturing this data will enable you to have a more comprehensive conversation with their doctor concerning your unique symptoms. » Click here to take the IBS Test

The IBS Treatment Matrix

Once diagnosed, IBS can still be extremely challenging to treat. There are many treatment options to consider – from therapies which act on bowel symptoms to new agents and alternatives including antidepressants, antibiotics and even probiotics. There are a staggering number of choices for patients and physicians, and the IBS Treatment Matrix presents the evidence on those proven to be effective at improving the overall symptoms of IBS in well-designed clinical trials. The IBS Treatment Matrix provides an at-a-glance overview of all currently available IBS treatment options, plus evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of those options, enabling IBS you and your physician to consider all the possible alternatives while formulating a treatment plan. » Click here to view the IBS Treatment Matrix

Highlights from our Virtual Press Briefing

Dr. Eamonn M.M. Quigley and Dr. Lawrence R. Schiller participated in a Webcast to educate patients and the public about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This engaging Q&A offers expert insight into challenges faced by patients with IBS.

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