Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 29: What Key Educational Points Do I Need to Convey to my Patients with IBS? (continued)

Albena Halpert, MD

Patient education has been shown to decrease pain and anxiety, improve adherence to treatment, and enhance satisfaction with health care, thus reducing malpractice claims and health- care costs. Although the benefits of patient education are well recognized, many patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) report that they are insufficiently informed about their condition and that physicians do not provide adequate education about their disorder.1 The major barriers to effective IBS patient education include lack of time; poor or no reimbursement; the role of the biomedical model of…