Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 11: Why is IBS Important to Treat? (continued)

Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common, significantly impacts quality of life, limits work productivity, and is even associated with suicidality.1-4 For all these reasons, it is vital to understand how to identify and effectively treat this condition. To better appreciate the importance of effective treatments for IBS, which is covered in more detail elsewhere in this book, it is first useful to understand the latest information about IBS burden of illness. This chapter reviews the relevant data about the epidemiology and quality-of-life impact of IBS and provides additional information…