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Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Primary Care [Internet]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Primary Care [Internet]

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (UK)

Version: February 2008

Summary of recommendations

Confirming a diagnosis of IBS is a crucial part of this guideline. The primary aim should be to establish the person’s symptom profile, with abdominal pain or discomfort being a key symptom. It is also necessary to establish the quantity and quality of the pain or discomfort, identify its site (which can be anywhere in the abdomen) and whether this varies. This distinguishes IBS from cancer-related pain, which typically has a fixed site.

Executive summary, key recommendations and IBS algorithm

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (‘NICE’ or ‘the Institute’) commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (NCC-NSC) to develop guidelines on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This follows referral of the topic by the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly Government. This document describes the methods for developing the guidelines and presents the evidence and consensus based recommendations. It is the source document for the NICE (abbreviated version for health professionals); Understanding NICE Guidance, and; Quick Reference Guide versions of the guidelines which will be published by NICE. The guidelines were produced by a multidisciplinary guideline development group and the development process was undertaken by the NCC-NSC.

Pharmacological interventions

Are antispasmodics effective in managing IBS symptoms?

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