Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Successful Treatment

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Successful Treatment


CME Information


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 15% of the population. They are a challenging group whose care can often be frustrating. This activity will explain why the diagnosis of IBS in 2020 is no longer a “diagnosis of exclusion”. We’ll review the usefulness of alarm features in distinguishing IBS from other illnesses. Finally, several cases will be highlighted that include clinical tools we may utilize to assure successful treatment of IBS.


After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Examine the clinical usefulness of alarm features
  • Select the appropriate workup for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Identify the best treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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This internet, enduring activity will be available for one year, beginning April 28, 2020 through April 28, 2021.

This activity was reviewed and re-released on April 29, 2021 and will be available for credit until October 29, 2021.

Accreditation – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Primary Care Network is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.75 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.

American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCN’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.




Activity provided by Primary Care Network.









This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.

Published April 28, 2020