How do IBS-C patients’ needs compare with challenges for healthcare providers? 5 insights

A recent survey weighed the needs and experiences of IBS-C patients with the challenges healthcare providers face when treating them.

 Using an online questionnaire, the researchers surveyed patients about their satisfaction with their current medication, the level of stress caused by their IBS-C and their overall acceptance of IBS-C in daily life. Healthcare providers were surveyed on their perceptions of IBS-C patients’ acceptance of their condition.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Eighty-six percent of patients surveyed had used over-the-counter treatments for their IBS-C, with 12 percent of patients currently using prescriptions to treat their condition.

2. According to the study, 55 percent of patients were dissatisfied with their over-the-counter or prescription treatments due to inadequate efficacy, in addition to 39 percent citing side effects as primary reasons.

3. Similarly, 79 percent of healthcare providers surveyed said they were not satisfied with the current prescription treatments available.

4. Healthcare providers’ responses to the survey matched the 76 percent of patients who felt frustrated due to their condition, but only 13 percent of healthcare providers responded that they thought patients had accepted their IBS-C.

5. As for the challenges healthcare providers face, 55 percent cited inadequate response rates to current therapies, as well as 58 percent who cited treatment adherence and compliance issues.

The researchers concluded that more treatment options and improved dialogue would be helpful for both healthcare providers and patients.

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