Managing irritable bowel syndrome

Joyce K. Anastasi, Bernadette Capili, Michelle Chang

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Symptom management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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