P1718 Age-Related Health Care Disparities in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Findings From a Sample of Commercially Insured Patients

Brian E. Lacy, MD, FACG
Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG

Author insight from Brian E. Lacy, MD,  PhD, FACG, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

What’s new here and important for clinicians?
Our study investigated variation in care across multiple age groups of patients living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and found that, indeed, a substantial variation in care exists among patients in different age groups. This suggests that there is no uniform practice and identifying the reasons for such disparities may help to improve quality of care for patients with IBS.

What do patients need to know?
The healthcare practices supporting patients with IBS, including the diagnostic procedures and treatments, may vary depending on a patient’s age. It is important for patients to maintain an ongoing dialogue with their healthcare providers.

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Author Contact
Brian E. Lacy, MD,  PhD, FACG, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

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