UBC Graduate Research

Non-pharmacological interventions in Irritable bowel syndrome Baron, Leigh-Ann


The aim of this project is to support Nurse Practitioners in navigating the complex world of non-pharmacological interventions for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by creating a one-page clinical information sheet for use in practice. IBS is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder commonly seen in primary care and the pathophysiology of IBS is largely unknown, leading to a wide variety of interventions. Non-pharmacological interventions are suggested first-line therapies for IBS. A literature review was conducted to assess the state of the evidence for fiber supplementation, traditional IBS dietary advice, the low-FODMAP diet, exercise and psychological therapies. All of these interventions have some part to play in an IBS management plan, with traditional IBS dietary advice and the low-FODMAP diet having the strongest evidence for efficacy in treating IBS.

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