SmartPhone App: Feasible Symptom Tracker for IBS Patients

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    Dr. Jamine Zia, University of Washington

    Dr. Jamine Zia, University of Washington

    Electronic Food and Symptom Diaries are Feasible and Usable Data Collection Tools for IBS Patients

    Dr. Jasmine Zia and colleagues report on their feasiblity study of a SmartPhone App as a symptom tracker for IBS patients in which they found at least one strong association between GI symptoms and a meal nutrient in 73% of participants.  The investigators assessed feasibility and usability of a novel app in 11 IBS patients (8 women), aged 21–65 years. Participants were asked to log GI symptoms (abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation) using a 100-point color-graded sliding scale (green=none, red=severe) four times a day and to log every meal/snack they ate (at least three times a day) over a 2-week period.  JZiaSmartPhoneAppCTG2016

    The app’s user interface was based on journal templates from the book “Master your IBS: An 8-Week Plan to Control the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

    Read the Article in Clinical & Translational Gastroenteroloyg (CTG) 

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