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  • PURPOSE: To identify the educational media preferences of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). METHODS: The IBS-Patient Education Questionnaire (PEQ) was administered to a national sample of IBS patients. Frequencies of item endorsements were compared and meaningful clinical differences were used to identify differences among subgroups. RESULTS: 1,242 patients completed the survey, mean age 39.3 years, 85% female, IBS duration 6.9 years, 79% had seen an MD for IBS within 6 months, and 92.6% used the web for medical information. The most desired source of education was "my doctor" (68%), followed by Internet (62%) and brochure (45%). Notably, patients favored an increase in use of media in the future (past vs. future): doctor (43 vs. 68%); Internet (36 vs. 62%); and brochures (26 vs. 45%). CONCLUSION: IBS patients expect more education than they have received. Understanding IBS patients' learning preferences can be highly valuable in the development or implementation of educational interventions.


  • Halpert, Albena
  • Dalton, Christine B
  • Palsson, Olafur
  • Morris, Carolyn
  • Hu, Yuming
  • Bangdiwala, Shrikant
  • Hankins, Jane
  • Norton, Nancy
  • Drossman, Douglas A

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  • December 2008