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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | January 2014

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Supporting community patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Supporting community patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Pages: 28 - 33

Article topics: Chronic conditions, Continence, IBS, Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with a significant impairment of quality of life. Due to the nature of its symptoms, the role of the nurse is central to the care of patients who may have IBS. The often embarrassing symptom profile means that patients may rely on nurses to provide psychological and physical support in helping them to improve their symptoms. In this article, the author discusses the management of patients with irritable IBS, including the optimal delivery of care for patients and the role of community nurses in dealing with this chronic condition.

Isobel Mason, Nurse Consultant, Gastroenterology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London