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Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on irritable bowel syndrome

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on irritable bowel syndrome

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Time to Complete

1.00 hour


January 26, 2017


April 12, 2017
This GP clinical guidance update module is part of the MIMS Learning Essentials learning programme. A subscription gives you 12 months access to regular updates on NICE and other clinical guidance to help keep your practice up to date.

Programme Description

Dr Jamie Dalrymple describes an update to existing NICE guidance on irritable bowel syndrome. The module outlines what’s new in the guidance, how to diagnose IBS and the differential diagnoses to consider when irritable bowel syndrome is suspected, and the recommended dietary and pharmacological management options.

Guidance: NICE guidance CG61. Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care. Updated February 2015.

This module has been updated to include information on an update to NICE guidance [April 2017].

Educational Objectives

After taking this module, GPs and nurses will be better able to:
  • Recall what’s new and what’s relevant to them in the NICE guidance on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • List the red flag signs and symptoms that must be absent to make a diagnosis of IBS
  • Describe the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of IBS
  • Be aware of other conditions that may be wrongly diagnosed as IBS
  • Explain the role of faecal calprotectin in diagnosing IBS
  • Advise patients about following a low FODMAP diet
  • Recommend pharmacological treatments for different symptoms of IBS
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Jamie Dalrymple
    Honorary senior lecturer and GP tutor
    Norwich Medical School
    University of East Anglia


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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