This guideline covers diagnosing and managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people aged 18 and over. It details how to accurately diagnose IBS, and aims to improve the quality of life for adults with IBS by promoting effective management using dietary and lifestyle advice, pharmacological therapy and referral for psychological interventions.
In April 2017, recommendation 188.8.131.52 was updated in line with more recent guidance on recognition and referral for suspected cancer. This recommendation is dated . Recommendation 184.108.40.206 was removed as it was no longer needed after the changes to recommendation 220.127.116.11.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
Guideline checked February 2017. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.
This guideline was previously called irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care.