Irritable Bowel Syndrome In America 2016

IBS in America 2016


The team at IrritableBowelSyndrome.net conducted our inaugural “IBS in America” survey with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the many aspects of what it’s like to live with and manage IBS. In this survey, we included questions about diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and the impact that IBS has on a person’s day-to-day life. Over 1,000 people completed our 100-question survey, and we have summarized some of the key results from this year’s survey.You can also view the 2016 IBS in America Infographic.

IBS in America 2016


96% of survey respondents were primarily female with an average age of 59.4.

IBS in America 2016


The onset of IBS can start at any age. Most won’t seek a formal diagnosis until well into adulthood. Among those surveyed, only 7 in 10 had been formally diagnosed with IBS by a healthcare professional.

IBS in America 2016


97% wished they had more information at the time of their IBS diagnosis, from symptoms (67%) to the condition’s impact on their lifestyle (64%).

IBS in America 2016


Only 2% of individuals indicated they were able to manage all of their IBS symptoms

IBS in America 2016


85% of individuals have identified their IBS triggers, with stress being the leading trigger.

IBS in America 2016


75% experience complications in conjunction with their IBS; hemorrhoids (60%) and GERD (55%) are the most common.

IBS in America 2016


Many do not continue to see a doctor because they prefer to manage on their own (32%) or they do not find them to be helpful (27%)

IBS in America 2016


Doctor office visits were reported to be short even though IBS management is a complicated process; 88% have visits that last typically less than 30 minutes.

IBS in America 2016


Only 26% of those surveyed were satisfied with their current IBS treatment plan.

IBS in America 2016


Vitamins (44%), probiotics (43%), and exercise (43%) were other commonly used therapies for managing one’s IBS symptoms.

IBS in America 2016


15% of respondents have tried and only 5% were currently using a branded product

IBS in America 2016


Among over-the-counter treatments used, antidiarrheals, fiber supplements, and laxatives were rated as the most effective.

IBS in America 2016


92% of individuals wished others understood the impact of IBS on those with the condition

IBS in America 2016


Most turn to their healthcare professional (57%), general health websites (45%), and IBS-specific websites (38%) for this type of information.


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