Free Online Webinar for IBS, Functional GI Disorders with Dr. Drossman, “Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication” on April 24, 2017

April 17, 2017

The American College of Gastroenterology has announced that for IBS Awareness Month, it will be sponsoring a free online webinar presented by Douglas Drossman, MD, MACG  and one of his patients, Katie Errico on “Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication.” The webinar will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar is designed specifically for people with irritable bowel syndrome and/or other functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Drossman, a leading, internationally-known expert on IBS, functional gastrointestinal disorders, doctor-patient relationships and the biopsychosocial approach to medical care, is President of the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biospsychosocial Care, President of the Rome Foundation, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, retired co-director of the University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders and a longtime board member of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders,  along with many other pivotal roles in the development of the field of functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS over his 40+ year career.

To participate in the webinar, please use the link to register. You will need to provide ACG with your full name and email address so that instructions for accessing the webinar on the scheduled date can be sent to you. It is open to anyone in any geographical location who has Internet access fast enough to handle streaming video, audio and chat technology. You will be able to ask questions after the presentation. Please keep in mind that Dr. Drossman cannot diagnose or treat anyone over the Internet, and depending on the number of participants and questions, he and Ms. Errico may or may not be able to get to every question.

“Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication” online webinar with Dr. Drossman, April 24, 2017

This is a tremendous and rare opportunity, especially for people with IBS or their loved ones to hear from and communicate directly with one of the world authorities and pioneers in the research, education and treatment of IBS. IBS Impact thanks ACG for making this webinar possible. We also thank Dr. Drossman for taking time out of his busy schedule to make himself available to the general public, and for his long decades of commitment to making functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS a serious field of medical research and to supporting and treating many who live with these complex conditions.

 

 


Interview and Video with Emeran Mayer, MD of UCLA on the Gut-Brain-Microbiome Connection in IBS

September 30, 2016

Earlier this month, WBUR, the Boston affiliate of National Public Radio published a recent interview with Emeran Mayer, MD, Director of the University of California/Los Angeles Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, a leading research center for irritable bowel syndrome and other neurologically-based chronic pain conditions. Dr. Mayer also recently published a book on the mind-gut connection and is a longtime board member of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD).

The gut-brain or brain-gut connection has been scientifically established for over two decades to be a major factor in IBS and other functional gastrointestinal disorders, and has recently evolved to the brain-gut-microbiome connection as a result of further research since then.

Excerpts of WBUR’s interview with Dr. Mayer are available at the link below. Also included on WBUR’s web page for this article is an embedded link for a TEDxUCLA talk Dr. Mayer gave on the subject in 2015. The TEDxUCLA video has a run time of a bit over 21 minutes.

http://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2016/09/16/the-mind-gut-connection

Although these concepts are complex and may take some time for people with IBS and family members who do not have science backgrounds to understand, the time and effort is well worth it to know more about what IBS is, might be, and is not.


Free Online Webinar for IBS with Dr. Drossman, “How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit” on April 16, 2015

April 4, 2015

The American College of Gastroenterology, the Rome Foundation, and the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) have announced that for IBS Awareness Month, they will be sponsoring a free online webinar presented by Douglas Drossman, MD, MACG on “How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit.” The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar is designed for people with irritable bowel syndrome and family members, but health care professionals are also welcome to attend.

Dr. Drossman, a leading, internationally-known expert on IBS, functional gastrointestinal disorders, doctor-patient relationships and the biopsychosocial approach to medical care, is President of the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biospsychosocial Care, President of the Rome Foundation, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and retired co-director of the University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, along with many other pivotal roles in the development of the field of functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS over his 40+ year career.

Dr. Drossman will take questions of general interest at the end of his presentation, or they can be emailed in advance through the American College of Gastroenterology at jgaulin@gi.org. Further details are available at the link below. To participate in the webinar, please use the link to register. You will need to provide ACG with your full name and email address so that instructions for accessing the webinar on the scheduled date can be sent to you. It is open to anyone in any geographical location who has Internet access fast enough to handle streaming video, audio and chat technology.

“How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit” Webinar with Dr. Drossman, April 16, 2015

This is a tremendous and unique opportunity, especially for people with IBS or their loved ones to hear from and communicate directly with one of the world authorities and pioneers in the research, education and treatment of IBS. IBS Impact thanks ACG, the Rome Foundation and IFFGD for making this webinar possible. We also thank Dr. Drossman for taking time out of his busy schedule to make himself available to the general public, and for his long decades of commitment to making functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS a serious field of medical research and to supporting and treating many who live with these complex conditions.

 

 


Evidence-Based Guidelines and Resources for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April 27, 2012

A large part of being credible and effective self-advocates as people with IBS and family members is being well-informed ourselves as to what IBS is and is not and what reputable scientific research currently says about treatment options and other topics related to IBS. Functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, as well as many non-GI symptoms or disorders that commonly overlap with IBS, are generally not as well understood and often not as effectively treated as conditions with less complex and more obvious abnormalities. People with IBS, including many involved in IBS Impact, have had the experience of finding numerous conventional and complementary interventions to provide inadequate relief and, for months or years at a time, may be left largely to find our own way, because every person with IBS has a different experience, and even the most knowledgeable and well-meaning professionals do not have quick or easy answers. We understand on a very personal level the desperation that moderate or severe IBS can prompt during the worst phases to find anything or anyone that might help. This impulse toward self-advocacy and self-preservation can be a positive thing, but can also have negative consequences if not approached in an informed way.

Those who become active in the IBS community eventually become aware that as far as IBS is concerned, almost everybody has an opinion, whether it’s our peers with IBS, professionals in the field, books, articles, websites or support forums, our family and friends or colleagues, and the general public– and many of these opinions and experiences conflict with each other. How do we separate potentially useful information and resources from the myths, misconceptions, outdated data, or outright quacks selling supposed miracle cures? The science of IBS has a long way to go, but it has advanced quite a bit in the past couple of decades. Physicians and other health care providers who received the majority of their training some time ago, or people with IBS who have lived with the symptoms for many years simply may not be aware of newer developments. For example, as noted in this blog’s October 9, 2011 post, recent research at UCLA shows that large percentages of health care providers in local communities are not aware that international functional GI experts  no longer consider IBS a diagnosis of exclusion that requires numerous tests of every person with apparent IBS symptoms. That’s why education and awareness of all involved parties: people with IBS, our loved ones, health care providers and the general public are all important.

For IBS Awareness Month, two organizations have been highlighting online tools they offer that may be of use to people with IBS and those who support us. The IBS Network in the United Kingdom has newly launched an online, interactive self care plan that can be used by IBS Network members to track symptoms, learn about treatments through audio, video, case histories and exercises, and design a individual plan for self-management.  The American College of Gastroenterology has also called attention to its online IBS treatment matrix, first made available in 2009, that discusses commonly used treatment interventions that the user indicates. It also mentions other possible options for one to discuss with one’s own physician.

The matrix is based on a comprehensive, evidence-based review by the ACG in 2009 of common conventional and complementary treatments, and the strength or weakness of current scientific evidence for their effectiveness. The full, published report is linked above. For blog readers from the U.K, the British Society of Gastroenterology issued guidelines for IBS management in 2007 and the National Health Service’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence released its own in 2008. The Gastroenterological Society of Australia professional guidelines on IBS, as last revised in 2006, are linked here.  To IBS Impact’s knowledge, there is no similar, publicly available, comprehensive official statement by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology in regard to IBS. However,  its associated Canadian Digestive Health Foundation discusses the diagnosis and treatment process on this page. The New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology and the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, unfortunately, do not appear to have professional guidelines or consensus reports on IBS at this time.

IBS Impact is a grassroots group focused on awareness and advocacy and encouraging informed decisions by people with IBS and their family members. Please consult qualified health care professionals for advice on individual medical treatment concerns.  Many more original articles and links to reputable sources of information on IBS can be found on the IBS Impact main website.