What is IBS?
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a chronic disorder that affects the colon (large intestine) and which requires long term management. Symptoms include abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, or constipation and diarrhea. Few individuals who suffer with IBS have severe signs or symptoms. IBS is not known to increase your risk of cancer.
IBS is treatable for most people by making changes to diet (eliminating spicy foods, decreasing dairy intake, avoiding caffeinated or carbonated beverages), lifestyle choices (stopping overeating or smoking), and reducing stress (increasing exercise). Others may require these changes as well as medication and frequent counseling. Although certain foods are known triggers for some individuals, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from IBS due to hormonal changes.
IBS Clinical Studies – What You Can Expect
IBS clinical studies are performed with the help of voluntary participants with irritable bowel syndrome. Participants learn about IBS while becoming more knowledgeable about their own personal health. Participants in IBS clinical trials enjoy access to quality medical care. Study medications may be provided at reduced cost or free of charge. Participants may also be compensated for their time and travel.
Should you choose to participate in an IBS research study, we’ll begin the process by explaining the terms of participation as well as all of the steps you’ll take. You will be screened to ensure that the study is a good fit for you. Further, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire as well as return regularly for follow up visits, lab work, and physical exams.
If you’re ready to participate in an IBS research study, you can search our database for IBS clinical trials nearby. PMG Research conducts these and other research studies across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Illinois. To learn more about participating contact us.