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Annual cost of IBS to NHS UK

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NHS Cost of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Cost of IBS to NHS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system, causing symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

Image saying about IBS treatment.

Individuals that have IBS suffer physically, mentally and financially.

There is also direct costs to the NHS for trying to help those people.

The NHS is not yet aware of a cure for IBS, but does offer treatments to try and help control symptoms.

On this page, we review some of the studies that consider the cost of IBS to the NHS in the UK.

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2022 Study - Goodoory

A 2022 study by Goodoory and team, suggests that the current cost of IBS to the NHS could be around £2 billion every year.

The study was funded by Tillotts Pharma UK Ltd, although the report states that the funder had no input into the concept, design, analysis or reporting of the study.

It was lead by researchers from the University of Leeds and the County Durham and Darlinton NHS Foundation Trust.

They suggest direct health care costs of IBS of more than £1.2 billion, if the Rome IV assessment criteria is used.

That increases to £2 billion, if the Rome III assessment criteria is used.

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