Using Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Short Course

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Course Expires September 11, 2025
Credits: 2
Accreditations: CDR
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Review the findings of using probiotics for treating irritable bowel syndrome.

This continuing professional education (CPE) self-study short course includes required reading of an article which summarizes a meta-analysis of forty-three randomized control trials on the efficacy of probiotics for treating irritable bowel syndrome. The findings may be useful in helping to establish treatment guidelines for IBS.

A case-study based CPE exam helps the reader integrate the information into their work setting.

Purchasing Options: This is available as eDocument plus CPE Test only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Interpret and integrate evidence-based research and literature in decision-making as it applies to a systemic review and network meta-analysis on probiotics and IBS.
  2. Integrate relevant information in a systemic review on IBS and probiotics with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
  3. Engage in educational activities to maintain knowledge and to obtain new knowledge of IBS and probiotic treatment.
  4. Critically evaluate the credibility of integrative and functional medicine research and literature, using evidence-based criteria, to respond to inquiries and to determine the appropriateness of incorporating these interventions into nutrition care plans.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 172169 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed

CPE Level: III

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

    • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision-making.
    • 4.2.6 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
    • 8.2.1 Engages in educational activities to maintain knowledge and to obtain new knowledge of diseases and clinical conditions.
    • 8.4.2 Critically evaluates the credibility of integrative and functional medicine research and literature, using evidence-based criteria, to respond to inquiries and to determine the appropriateness of incorporating these interventions into nutrition care plans.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 8 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Efficacy of Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and meta-Analysis (a link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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I think this would make a great CPE program. Probiotics are a hot topic, and patients are always asking questions on usage, specific strains, etc. As a GI dietitian, I am often overwhelmed with all of the literature available relating to probiotics. This article in addition to the CPE program is a quick and efficient way to review the latest research, and disseminate key findings into a simple message for patients.
- Using Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Short Course
Stephanie Send, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC
The probiotics and prebiotics world can be incredibly overwhelming for dietitians and clinicians. This resource and course are helpful at delving into the evidence to present a thorough review of current research.
- Using Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Short Course
Hannah Lowe, DNP, FNP-C, RDN, CDCES

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