Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care
This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/cg61
2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available.
The guideline covers adults (18 years and older) who present to primary care with symptoms suggestive of IBS, and the care that is provided by primary healthcare professionals, indicating where secondary care referral is appropriate. It does not cover:
people with other gastrointestinal disorders such as non-ulcer dyspepsia or coeliac disease
children and young people under 18 years
inflammatory bowel disease.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.