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What Patients Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and What They Would Like to Know

The right information can help patients with IBS feel better. Knowing this can help doctors and patients. Wrong beliefs about IBS may lead to distress, more doctor visits, and unneeded tests. For example, patients need to know that IBS: Does not put them at risk for cancer; Does not get worse with age, and; Does not shorten life spans. Patients most often want to know: If foods and diet have an effect on IBS; The causes of IBS, and; How best to treat and cope with the disorder.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Working with your healthcare provider

About the Author

  • Albena Halpert, MD

    Clinical Instructor, Department of Gastroenterology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

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