Variation in Care for Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the United States

PLoS One 2016 04; 11(4): e0154258. e-pub ahead of print 2016/04/27

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects nearly one in seven Americans. Significant national variations in care may exist, due to a current lack of standardized diagnosis and treatment algorithms; this can translate into a substantial additional economic burden. The study examines healthcare resource utilization in patients with IBS and in the subset of IBS patients with constipation (IBS-C) and analyzes the variation of IBS care for these patients across the United States (US).

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Lacy BE, Patel H, Guerin A, Dea K, Scopel JL, Alaghband R, Wu EQ, Mody R.