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Irritable bowel syndrome: clinical review

Irritable bowel syndrome: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


April 24, 2013


September 22, 2016

Programme Description

In this article, updated in 2016, Dr Naila Arebi considers the investigation and management of IBS in primary care and assists the clinician in classifying IBS and identifing an appropriate management plan for patients. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the Rome IV criteria, investigations and appropriate pharmacotherapy

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand the epidemiology of IBS and the limitations of prevalence estimates.
  • Describe possible causes of IBS while appreciating the uncertainties.
  • Classify IBS according to type and severity.
  • Diagnose IBS while ruling out or investigating alarm symptoms.
  • Decide upon if, when and how to investigate patients presenting with symptoms that may indicate IBS.
  • Discuss the therapeutic options and briefly describe the supporting evidence for each.
  • Advise patients on the prognosis of the condition.
  • Readers' comments

    `Good module, concise and educational.'

    `Great topic and very well packaged.’

    `Good refresher.’


    Activity author
    Dr Naila Arebi
    Consultant gastroenterologist
    The London Clinic and St Mark's Hospital

    Test author
    Dr Elizabeth Cottrell
    Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice Specialty Training
    NHS North Staffordshire and Keele University


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours 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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