Interactive Infographic on Evidence-Based Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS Impact is primarily an awareness, advocacy and news blog by people with IBS and does not recommend specific treatments, as experiences of individuals. with IBS vary widely, and those decisions are appropriately made in consultation with one’s health care providers. However, the following interactive infographic from the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is so well done and potentially useful, that it is worth sharing here. Incorporating the Rome III international diagnostic criteria. (Rome IV was completed by a worldwide group of functional GI experts in December 2014 and is expected to be published in gastroenterology journals for use by early to mid-2016), and the symptom subtypes IBS-D (diarrhea predominant), IBS-C (constipation predominant) IBS-M (mixed, formerly IBS-A for alternating), and IBS-U (unsubtyped), the infographic grades the scientific evidence on many different existing treatment types to give users an idea of what the likely options are for a male or female with a given subtype. The link can be accessed below.

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h1622/infographic

This is only intended as a starting point to make readers aware of some treatments with which they may not be familiar. Again, please consult your personal medical professionals.

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