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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Anastasi, Joyce K. PhD, DrNP; Capili, Bernadette DNSc, NP-C; Chang, Michelle MS

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: July 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 7 - p 42–52
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000431911.65473.35
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Overview Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort associated with a change in bowel patterns, is one of the most common functional gastrointestinal disorders. Because no single drug effectively relieves all IBS symptoms, management relies on dietary and lifestyle modifications, as well as pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies. The authors review current approaches to treatment and discuss nursing implications.

This article reviews current approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and discusses the implications for nurses.

Joyce K. Anastasi is an Independence Foundation endowed professor and founding director of the Division of Special Studies in Symptom Management (DS3M), Bernadette Capili is an assistant professor and associate director of the DS3M, and Michelle Chang is a research associate at the DS3M, all at the New York University College of Nursing, New York City. Contact author: Joyce K. Anastasi, ja2188@nyu.edu. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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