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

NICE guidelines [CG61] Published date:

Review decision date: December 2013

Review decision: 

Following the recent surveillance review which checks  the need to update CG61, a partial update of this guideline will be scheduled into the work programme. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here

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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