P1719 Regional Variation of Care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the United States
Author insight from Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
Although variations in health care have already been analyzed in other disease areas, this study is the first one to analyze variation in care for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the United States (U.S.). Variations in healthcare is a very important topic as it can lead to inappropriate or repeated diagnostic tests and the use of ineffective or unnecessary treatments, which may contribute further to the burden on the health care system. This study found that there is a substantial regional variation of care in the management of IBS across the U.S. Identifying the reasons for these disparities may improve quality of care and reduce the economic burden of IBS.
What do patients need to know?
It is important for patients with IBS to understand that the healthcare practices supporting IBS, including the diagnostic procedures and treatments, may vary depending on the geographical location. Patients should maintain an ongoing dialogue with their healthcare providers.
Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
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