Paving the Road for the IBS/CIC Patient Journey: Enhanced Strategies for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Better Patient Communication
Release Date: October 31, 2019
Last Reviewed: October 26, 2019
Expiration Date: October 31, 2020
Time to Complete Activity: 1.25 hours
*This activity expired for credit on October 31, 2020 and is no longer available for credit
Brooks D. Cash, MD

Endowed Professor, Dan and Lillie Sterling Professorship in Clinical Gastroenterology
Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Endowed Director, Chao-Ertan Directorship
Co-Director, Ertan Digestive Disease Center
UT Health Science Center at Houston/Memorial Hermann McGovern Medical School
Houston, TX
Paul P. Doghramji, MD
Senior Family Physician
Collegeville Family Practice
Medical Director of Health Services
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA
Patient Contributor
Johannah Ruddy, MEd

Executive Director, Rome Foundation
Wake Forest, NC

This activity is provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.  
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of primary care clinicians, including family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, and PAs. It may also benefit other clinicians who are interested or involved in the care of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and/or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).
Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
• Recognize signs and symptoms of IBS and its subtypes as well as CIC to avoid unnecessary testing when making a diagnosis
• Select optimal, individualized therapy for patients with IBS and CIC based on the latest clinical data
• Develop strategies for communication with, and education of, patients with IBS and CIC to facilitate treatment adherence
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Disclosure of Commercial Support
This educational activity is supported by independent medical educational grants from Salix Pharmaceuticals and Shire.
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Brooks D. Cash, MD

Retained Consultant: Allergan, Inc; Salix Pharmaceuticals; Shire; Takeda
Paul P. Doghramji, MD
Retained Consultant: Eisai Inc; Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Stockholder: Pfizer Inc
Patient Contributor
Johannah Ruddy, MEd

No financial relationships to disclose.
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Retained Consultant (Spouse): ALK; CSL Behring; Pharming
Fees for Non-CME Services (Spouse): Shire/Takeda
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