Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, Gastrointestinal Disorders, GI Disorders
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common functional gastrointestinal disorders and is one of the most common reasons gastroenterology referrals are placed. IBS causes abdominal pain and is associated with altered bowel habits (Dlugosz, Zakikhany, Acevedo, D'Amato, & Lindberg, 2017, p. 1). While the pathophysiology of IBS is still being explored, it is multifactorial, and recent studies have shown that inflammation and immunological alterations play a role in the development of IBS (Dlugosz et al., 2017, p. 1). IBS causes abdominal pain and discomfort, negatively affects patients’ quality of life, and contributes to increased anxiety and depression. Healthcare providers should understand the complex interactions underlying the pathophysiology of IBS and provide holistic, multi-disciplinary care to best serve this patient population. While there is no known curative treatment for IBS, the goal should be to maintain the highest level of quality of life. This poster project aims to investigate the underlying pathophysiology of IBS and the implications for nursing care. It serves to provide other students with an understanding of the topic and assist them when caring for patients suffering from IBS.
Davis, Sarah Buck, "Pathophysiology of Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (2018). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. 319.