The global impact of IBS: time to think about IBS-specific models of care?

Corsetti M1, Whorwell P2. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2017 Sep;10(9):727-736. doi: 10.1177/1756283X17718677. Epub 2017 Jul 31
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1 Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Centre, National Institute for Health Research, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Nottingham, UK. 2 Centre for Gastrointestinal Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a prevalent functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that can significantly erode the quality of life (QoL) of sufferers and places a major cost burden on healthcare services. This paper reviews the literature on the impact of IBS on healthcare services and society, including a recent report on the subject, in order to formulate a plan for the future. A completely different model of care for these patients is recommended based on this review and the experience of the two authors who have been treating patients with functional GI disorders for 20 and 35 years, respectively.

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