The challenge of irritable bowel syndrome: Creating an alliance between patient and physician
Bo Shen, MD
Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic
Edy Soffer, MD
Head, Center for Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic
Address: Edy Softer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, S40, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; firstname.lastname@example.org
The most important component of the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is to establish a therapeutic physician-patient relationship, coupled with patient education. We describe a stepwise approach to management, including judicious use of invasive tests, and setting realistic treatment goals that address the dominant symptoms, their seventy, and psychosocial factors.