Guidelines on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Mechanisms and Practical Management


R Spiller, Q Aziz, F Creed, A Emmanuel, L Houghton, P Hungin, R Jones, D Kumar, G Rubin, N Trudgill and P Whorwell


These guidelines were compiled at the request of the Chairman of the Clinical Services Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology. The committee’s aim was to provide a guide for the assessment and management of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These patients comprise such a large proportion of gastroenterology outpatients that their streamlined and effective management would have a favourable effect on any gastroenterology department’s overall performance, and hence improve the management of all gastrointestinal diseases. There are many questions to be addressed.