Optimizing IBS Management through Accurate Disease Assessment and Improved Treatment Selection

Release date: June 27, 2019
Expiration date: June 27, 2020
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.0 hour(s)



Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Consultant
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida


Suboptimal irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) management frequently results from delayed diagnosis, underappreciation of disease impact on the part of providers, and inadequate symptom control despite therapy. There is a strong need for clinician education on strategies to promote more accurate disease assessment and improved treatment selection. In addition, clinicians also face challenges related to the need to keep pace with developments in understanding of the disease. For example, although recognition of the role of dysbiosis in IBS pathogenesis has grown significantly in recent years, the place of therapies targeting the gut microbiota has yet to be firmly established. Presently, several studies to address this issue are ongoing. As the results of these investigations become available, clinicians will require detailed education, along with expert guidance, to determine how to incorporate these findings into their therapeutic decision-making.


This educational initiative has been designed for internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and gastroenterology nurses involved in the management of patients with IBS.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply an approach to the diagnosis of IBS that is consistent with current evidence-based guidelines
  • Utilize best practices for the management of IBS, including accurate assessment of disease impact and selection of effective therapy
  • Describe current evidence in support of the gut microbiota as a therapeutic target in IBS treatment

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of June 27, 2019 through June 27, 2020 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




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The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD
Advisory Boards: Ironwood, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Shire
Consulting Fees: Neurogastrix, Urovant, Viver

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Supported by an educational grant from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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