Are you concerned that you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Are you unhappy with the care provider who has diagnosed you with IBS? It is important to find the right person to treat IBS. This is perhaps more than with other health conditions. Research shows that IBS patients and practitioners who are good friends can have better outcomes. Here are some tips to help you find the right person.

Which type of healthcare provider should you choose?

Your primary care provider is a good place to begin if your symptoms have only recently started. Your primary care provider can help you determine the cause and create a treatment plan. Your practitioner may refer you to a Gastroenterologist if necessary. This is a specialist in treating digestive disorders.

You should consult a gastroenterologist if your IBS symptoms are severe or chronic.

How do I find a healthcare provider?

Referrals from trusted health professionals are a great way to find a qualified professional. Ask your family and friends for names. You can also use the database of your insurance company. This approach has the advantage that you can be sure that your insurance will cover your healthcare.

Online tools to find a healthcare provider

The internet is another option for finding a healthcare provider. These websites can help you find a match and provide basic information about each doctor.

  • The American College of GastroenterologyThe American College of Gastroenterology is a group of healthcare professionals specializing in treating digestive disorders. The database contains the names of ACG members available in your area (U.S. or Canada only).
  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases (IFFGD: Through its “Digestive Health Alliance,” IFFGD maintains a list of professionals who have worked with patients suffering from functional gastrointestinal diseases like IBS.
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition: The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition is a group made up of health professionals with the common goal of improving the understanding and treatment of digestive disorders in children. To make the search function work, you don’t need to fill out every box.

 

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