The Functional GI clinic at UNC-CH is also very good. If you want to see Dr. Drossman there is also a pretty long waiting list.I've only seen him, so I dunno how the other docs at the clinic are.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
"Which clinic in the U.S. is rated as #1 in the treatment"Judging from the pathetic level of treatments available, I'm not sure it really makes a difference who is "rated at #1." It might make a difference if you were misdiagnosed or something, but if you really have IBS, what are they gonna say that any other clinic wouldn't? Maybe they include a free fiber sample when they give the standard "try increasing your fiber" line.
GOLDENL:Unfortunately there is no Mobil Guide or AAA-equivalent "rating system" for medical care centers per se. This is largely a matter of opinion, and the opion varies based upon whose opinion you are asking for. You must consider the raters backgorund, credentials, and is it personal experience or peer evaluation.Pluse any Center will tend to have a particular area they may be noted for, or a particluar protocol or viewpoint based upon the medical background and board certifications of the practitoners that staff a particular center.One can be assured that any clinic which is based in a facility which is Joint Commission accredited, especially if the base facility is a teaching hospital (Medical School affiliated), will give you the best opportunity to have the broadest access to specialists board certified in multiple medical specialties. This usually allows the patient better access to an array of experts in each particular specialty area which may be called upon in making the most throrough diagnosis possible and the broadest set of treatment options.While some centers are better known than others, sometimes this can be a function of higher visibility as a consequence of heavier funding for "publishing and promotion". It does not necessarily denote that this is the center of excellence in patient care. I know, as I have worked in and been clinically affiliated with (for training of healthcare professionals) all kinds of facilities and all kinds of practitioners. Some of the best known in a particular specialty as a result of having a large research budget did not necessarily correlate with the ultimate in patient care in that specialty area. In fact this was at times one of the most disappointing medical paradoxes experienced.But if you select the nearest teaching hospital and check out the board certified specialists on staff...if they do not have a hospital based clinic per se but multiple admitting doctors on site or off one of the best strategies is ask for a referral of some patients to talk to who could let you know their experiences. The current state of "IBS" and gut disorder diagnosis and treatment is such that no one center has a corner on the competency market. But if you look for accreditation and board certification, affiliation with a teaching hospital, and happy patients this will take you a long way towards where you want to go. You need not travel the world if you are in or near any major metropolitan area to get current competent care.It would be nice if there were a Book you could open and pick out the ratings...but this really is not practical...who is gonna go along with being "rated" and who will do the ratings? That is the function of accreditation for facilities and board certification in specialties. After that you have to ask around.There is a saying "If you want to know what a [doctor] can do for you, find out what he/she has done for others". Personally, I still find this to be the best rating system in medical care: the patients.Have a DFDMNL_______________ www.leapallergy.com
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