Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care

NICE guidelines [CG61] Published date:

Review decision: 

Following the recent surveillance review decision, a rapid update of this guideline will be scheduled into the work programme. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage.

Next review date: March 2016

Recommendation in this guideline has been partially updated by recommendation in Ovarian cancer (NICE clinical guideline 122; published April 2011).


The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care of adults with irritable bowel syndrome, including:

  • the support, treatment and advice people should be offered by their GP in diagnosing and helping to manage their irritable bowel syndrome
  • circumstances when people need to be referred to a specialist for further tests.

It does not specifically look at:

  • irritable bowel syndrome in children and young people under 18 years
  • people with other gastrointestinal disorders such as non-ulcer dyspepsia (indigestion with no obvious cause) or coeliac disease.

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