The current treatment landscape of irritable bowel syndrome in adults in Hong Kong: Consensus statements

Justin C.Y. Wu*, Annie O.O. Chan, Y. W. Chan, Gordon C.L. Cheung, T. K. Cheung, Ambrose C.P. Kwan, Vincent K.S. Leung, Arthur D.P. Mak, Cho Wing SZE, Raymond Wong

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Abstract

Objective: The estimated prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome in Hong Kong is 6.6%. With the increasing availability of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, the Hong Kong Advisory Council on Irritable Bowel Syndrome has developed a set of consensus statements intended to serve as local recommendations for clinicians about diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome. Participants: A multidisciplinary group of clinicians constituting the Hong Kong Advisory Council on Irritable Bowel Syndrome—seven gastroenterologists, one clinical psychologist, one psychiatrist, and one nutritionist—convened on 20 April 2017 in Hong Kong. Evidence: Published primary research articles, meta-analyses, and guidelines and consensus statements issued by different regional and international societies on the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome were reviewed. Consensus Process: An outline of consensus statements was drafted prior to the meeting. All consensus statements were finalised by the participants during the meeting, with 100% consensus. Conclusions: Twenty-four consensus statements were generated at the meeting. The statements were divided into four parts covering: (1) patient assessment; (2) patient’s psychological distress; (3) dietary and alternative approaches to managing irritable bowel syndrome; and (4) evidence to support pharmacological management of irritable bowel syndrome. It is recommended that primary care physicians assume the role of principal care provider for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. The current statements are intended to guide primary care physicians in diagnosing and managing patients with irritable bowel syndrome in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Number of pages7
JournalHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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