Did you know that while irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects nearly 1 in 5 Americans, communication gaps exist between patients and gastroenterologists? Many people are uncomfortable talking about their IBS symptoms, making it challenging for healthcare providers to help find answers. New tools are now available
– including a “Describe How You Feel” tool – to help patients put their symptoms into words for a more constructive conversation with healthcare providers. Once healthcare providers
understand how a patient’s symptoms impact daily life – including work productivity, social and physical activities and travel plans –
they can better diagnose and treat each individual.