Effective Communication to Optimize the Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

This activity is supported by educational grants from Salix Pharmaceuticals and MJH Healthcare Holdings, LLC.

CME-accredited On-demand Webinar

Faculty Presenters

Douglas A. Drossman, MD
President, Rome Foundation
Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, LLC
Drossman Gastroenterology, PLLC
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry
University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Meghan Huff, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Drossman Gastroenterology
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

Activity Overview

As one of the functional gastrointestinal disorders defined by the Rome Multinational Working Teams, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes symptoms that can be extremely burdensome and have a negative effect on patients’ quality of life and social function. Health care providers’ lack of empathy and ineffective communication skills frequently lead to patient dissatisfaction and delays in effective treatment.

During this On-Demand Webinar, expert faculty will discuss how utilizing the Rome IV diagnostic criteria can increase the clinician’s confidence in making a positive diagnosis of IBS and avoid unnecessary testing. Emphasis will be placed on the communication skills physician assistants and nurse practitioners can utilize to build trust and help patients increase participation in their care. Included will be a review of the biopsychosocial factors that may contribute to the development of IBS symptoms and how a caring, collaborative approach to the patient lays the foundation for increased patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, and reduced health care costs.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the key symptoms and diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  2. List several triggers of IBS onset or exacerbation and some of the patient factors that have been identified as contributing to the development of symptoms
  3. Discuss the leading dietary strategies for reducing IBS symptoms
  4. Describe the medications used for IBS with predominant diarrhea (IBS-D) and IBS with predominant constipation (IBS-C) symptoms, according to their actions and recent clinical trial data, to individualize treatment plans
  5. Explain several communication skills that have been associated with building trust and helping patients increase participation in their care
Target Audience: The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of physician assistants, physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals treating IBS.
Activity Type: CME-accredited On-demand Webinar
Release Date: 2/28/18
Expiration Date: 2/28/19
Estimated Time to Complete Activity:  1 hour
Fee: Free

Accreditation Statement(s):

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This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and PER®.
Credit Designation Statement(s):

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC (PER®). Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Term of Offering

This activity was released on February 28th, 2018 and is valid for one year. Requests for credit must be made no later than February 28th, 2019.

Global Contact Information

For information about the approval of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label uses of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE activity is for continuing medical and nursing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a physician or nurse relative to the diagnostic, treatment, and management options for a specific patient’s medical condition.
The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, or any of the companies that provided commercial support for this activity.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
Instructions: To obtain credit a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on  My CME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can access at any time.

Faculty Disclosures:

Douglas A. Drossman, MD – In the past 12 months, Dr. Drossman has worked as a consultant for Shire, Salix, and BioAmerica. He is also a member of a speaker’s bureau for AbbVie.
Meghan Huff, PA-C No financial information to disclose.

Accreditor Disclosure:

The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Global Education Group
Planning Staff— Lindsay Borvansky, Liddy Knight, Andrea Funk, and Kayla Messer.

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC (PER®)
The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Planning StaffDavid Heckard; Maryjo Dixon, RPh; Gloria Lauria; and Kathleen Bowen

Educational Disclaimer

Continuing education activities are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of professional advice or referral. Discussions concerning drugs, dosages, and procedures may reflect the clinical experience of the author(s) or they may be derived from the professional literature or other sources and may suggest uses that are investigational in nature and not approved labeling or indications. Participants are encouraged to refer to primary references or full prescribing information resources.

System Requirements

PC-based participants
Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000
Macintosh-based participants
Required: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer
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