Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal disorder in which muscles in the large intestine contract faster or slower than is considered normal. This can result in chronic and episodic abdominal pain and/or discomfort, alterations in bowel habits and abdominal distention. IBS is not dangerous and does not lead to serious diseases such as cancer, but it can be painful and worrisome. Many people have mild forms of the disease and can learn to cope with the exasperating symptoms through diet, stress management and prescribed medications. Some individuals, however, have symptoms that can negatively affect general health, vitality, sleep, diet and sexual functioning. In some, IBS can limit daily activities and the ability to function in a job, attend social functions and even travel short distances. These people suffer significant decreases in quality of life.
The goal of this course is to educate healthcare professionals about IBS by providing updated information, treatment options, dietary modifications and pharmacological agents that can help patients live with this chronic condition. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define IBS and identify the key symptoms
- Describe how IBS is diagnosed and treated
- Describe dietary modifications that may help relieve IBS symptoms
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3020, 3090, 5000, 5020, 5220, 5390 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 8.2.1, 8.3.6, 10.2.8, 10.4.1, 10.4.4.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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