FYIYou and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tangohttp://www.healingwe.../...lvucci&id=5
At IFFGD's 7th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in April 2007, we had the opportunity to talk to some of the international experts in functional GI disorders. Our discussions covered some of the most recent developments in this field. Click the topic titles below to go to the video interviews!"IFFGD develops professional symposia aimed at promoting education and awareness among multiple disciplines that treat gastrointestinal disorders and incontinence. The the International Symposia on Functional GI Disoders were the first international meetings designed to communicate on a biennial basis new knowledge in the field of functional GI disorders. They have been described as "an educational jewel," attracting hundreds of scientists and health care professionals from around the world."New State of the art IBS videos from the IFFGD 7th Symposium.Dr Quigley is Professor of Medicine and Human Physiology at University College, Cork (National University of Ireland), and was the first Head of the Medical School from 2000-2007. He studies Functional Bowel Disease, with emphasis on the role of the gut flora and lumen-mucosal interactions in irritable bowel syndrome. Is there a role for probiotics in the treatment of IBS? ►Are there issues of safety and effectiveness with probiotics? ►How can probiotics work in treating IBS? ►Is there a role for antibiotics in treating IBS? Dr Walker is a behavioral scientist, clinician, and educator. She is Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Psychology, at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on children’s chronic pain syndromes, and adjustment in families of children with chronic illness or disability.Recurrent abdominal pain in children and adolescents ►Advancing the treatment model in pediatric patientsDr Mayer holds the positions of Professor of the Departments of Medicine, Physiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, at the David Geffen School of Medicine in UCLA; and is also Director of the UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women's Health. Dr. Mayer has a longstanding interest in clinical and neurobiology aspects of brain-gut interactions in health and disease.Research Advances: Understanding Functional Disorders ►Research Advances: Treatment Approaches Dr Drossman is a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine (Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology), and Co-Director at the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders. He has had a long-standing interest in the psychosocial/behavioral aspects of patient care, particularly as it relates to improving patient-doctor communication. Diagnostic advances: Symptoms and the roles of biological markers ►Treatment status ►Visualizing and validating functional GI disordersDr Mawe is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Vermont. His research interests include neural regulation of the digestive tract, particularly understanding changes in enteric neural circuits that contribute to altered gut function in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Diagnostic advances: Multiple factors and identifying biomarkers ►Serotonin ►InflammationDr. Lin Chang is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA, Co-Director and Head of the Clinical Program at the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women's Health; and Director of the Women's Digestive Health Center at UCLA. Dr. Chang's main area of research is the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with particular interests in the overlap of IBS with fibromyalgia, as well as gender differences and neuroendocrine alterations.Treatment approach: Finding accurate information and care ►Research advances: How brain-gut interactions influence symptomsDr. Spiegel is the Director of the UCLA/VA Center for Outcomes Research and Education, and is particularly interested in the role of the physician-patient relationship in IBS. He has published extensively in the field of digestive diseases health economics and health related quality of life. Dr. Spiegel was recipient of the 2007 IFFGD Research Award in Clinical Science, Junior Investigator.Challenges: Making the diagnosis ►Understanding the Functional GI Disorders ►Appreciating the Burden of Illnesshttp://www.aboutibs....r/video-corner/
Working with Your Physician Effective communication – the physician-patient relationship – is an important part of effective long-term management of a functional GI disorder like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The patient interview by the health care provider is the most frequently practiced procedure, accounting for about 150,000 interviews in a clinician’s lifetime. However, the average visit is now too brief, and this has led to the decline of the humanistic approach to patient care. You can help by taking an active role in your doctor visit.We encourage you to be proactive in your own health maintenance. Make the most out of your doctor visit – be prepared.http://www.aboutibs....-your-physician
Doctor Visit WorksheetWhen you visit your doctor you will want to know what is wrong, what the physician can do to treat it, and what you can do to better manage it. Your physician will begin by taking a history asking for a description of the symptoms as well as possible factors that can bring them on or make them better. This will be followed by a physical examination, possibly diagnostic tests, a diagnosis, and a discussion of treatment options.Symptoms of IBS, though chronic or recurrent, can vary in duration, intensity, and description. Management of symptoms often is not easy and requires individual participation while working with a physician or healthcare provider. Don't be afraid to ask questions; write them down before your appointment. As a patient with IBS, you should never feel devalued, ignored, or uncomfortable with your doctor. If you do, or if your concerns are not being met, it is time to change to another physician. Your goal is to obtain a diagnosis, understand IBS and your symptoms, and develop a management or treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs.The course of IBS is highly individualized and can be challenging to even the most knowledgeable and caring physician. Be organized when you visit your doctor. Here are some things you can do to help make your physician visit most effective.http://www.aboutibs....visit-worksheet
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.
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