Clinical practice guidelines for irritable bowel syndrome in korea, 2017 revised edition

Kyung Ho Song, Hye Kyung Jung, Hyun Jin Kim, Hoon Sup Koo, Yong Hwan Kwon, Hyun Duk Shin, Hyun Chul Lim, Jeong Eun Shin, Sung Eun Kim, Dae Hyeon Cho, Jeong Hwan Kim, Hyun Jung Kim

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In 2011, the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (KSNM) published clinical practice guidelines on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) based on a systematic review of the literature. The KSNM planned to update the clinical practice guidelines to support primary physicians, reduce the socioeconomic burden of IBS, and reflect advances in the pathophysiology and management of IBS. The present revised version of the guidelines is in continuity with the previous version and targets adults diagnosed with, or suspected to have, IBS. A librarian created a literature search query, and a systematic review was conducted to identify candidate guidelines. Feasible documents were verified based on predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria. The candidate seed guidelines were fully evaluated by the Guidelines Development Committee using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II quality assessment tool. After selecting 7 seed guidelines, the committee prepared evidence summaries to generate data exaction tables. These summaries comprised the 4 main themes of this version of the guidelines: colonoscopy; a diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols; probiotics; and rifaximin. To adopt the core recommendations of the guidelines, the Delphi technique (ie, a panel of experts on IBS) was used. To enhance dissemination of the clinical practice guidelines, a Korean version will be made available, and a food calendar for patients with IBS is produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-215
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The revision meeting was funded by the KSNM alone. No organization or individual influenced the content of the guidelines. The authors of any studies or proposals on the drugs included in the guidelines were notified in advance and were verified before the revision. No member of the working team or committee had a conflict of interest.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Practice guideline


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