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IBS In America – What's That?

Last updated: July 2022

It can take years to receive an IBS diagnosis, often while experiencing unpredictable symptoms, such as pain, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Many people quickly jump online to research the ins and outs of IBS but have trouble finding helpful information that can tell them what to expect. Those searches are often littered with misinformation, inappropriate medical advice, and more.

The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!

How can the survey help?

The IBS In America survey is an annual survey on IrritableBowelSyndrome.net that seeks to close some of these gaps. The survey covers "basics" like diagnosis and treatment experiences, but also dives into the nitty-gritty, like the emotional impact and the seemingly small day-to-day challenges.

Each person that takes the survey contributes to a better understanding of IBS and can help others who are going through it feel less alone. Sharing experiences in the survey can reveal how similar each person’s journey with IBS can be, as well as the differences that make each journey unique.

What will the survey ask me?

The survey will ask about diagnosis, symptoms, symptom management, quality of life and relationships, healthcare professional engagement, and treatment awareness and experience. We do not require your name, address, or other personal information.

Please note that you do not have to take the survey all at once. Feel free to bookmark the survey in your Internet browser and return when you are able. You will resume where you left off.

How do we use the In America survey data?

Survey responses help us and our partners better understand the IBS community. All survey responses are kept confidential, reported only in total (your specific responses will not be reported individually), and will become the property of Health Union, LLC.

What happens after I take the survey?

After the survey closes each year, the Editorial Team at IrritableBowelSyndrome.net takes your responses and creates an infographic filled with information about life with IBS.

But that is not all – over the year, we publish articles based on learnings from the survey. Each article published using responses from the survey contributes to the information available to those affected by IBS and helps them connect with those who have walked the same path.

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