Irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: the patients' and doctors' views on symptoms, etiology and management.

@article{Bijkerk2003IrritableBS,
  title={Irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: the patients' and doctors' views on symptoms, etiology and management.},
  author={Cornelis J Bijkerk and Niek J de Wit and Wim A. B. Stalman and J. Andr{\'e} Knottnerus and Arno Wilhelmus Hoes and Jean W M Muris},
  journal={Canadian journal of gastroenterology = Journal canadien de gastroenterologie},
  year={2003},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={363-8; quiz 405-6}
}
BACKGROUND To facilitate the development of clinical guidelines and to direct future irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) research, insight into the perceptions of patients and general practitioners (GPs) regarding IBS is required. OBJECTIVES To compare patients' and GPs' views on the symptomatology, etiology and treatment of IBS. METHODS One hundred forty-two IBS patients and 100 GPs were requested to complete a structured questionnaire. RESULTS The response rates of the patients and GPs were… CONTINUE READING

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