Addressing the Role of Food in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptom Management

Bernadette Capili, Joyce K. Anastasi, Michelle Chang

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Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have often associated the worsening of symptoms with specific foods. Research is starting to catch up with what patients have reported about food interaction and their symptoms, and the role of diet is being increasingly recognized for the management of IBS. Clinical guidance for nurse practitioners can be challenging because of limited data and guideline consensus along with the nuances of symptoms associated with IBS subtypes. This article summarizes some of the key themes and dietary recommendations by various gastrointestinal organizations, public health agencies, and dietary associations. By addressing the relevance of diet for symptom alleviation, nurse practitioners are able to better support patients and collaborate with dietitians to improve symptom management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-329
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Diet
  • Food
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Symptom management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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