Physical activity for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

Overarching objective

To examine the effectiveness of physical activity for improving the symptoms of adults diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome.

Specific aims and objectives

To systematically review the evidence of the impact of physical activity on patients' symptoms including:

· Identifying the most effective physical activity interventions;

· Explaining why some physical activity interventions may be more effective than others;

· Recommending exercise formats and content by constructing a “toolbox” which describes the most effective physical activity interventions for healthcare providers and patients to use

These objectives will be achieved by conducting:

· A synthesis of quantitative data on the benefits and harms of physical activity interventions for improving symptoms of IBS including abdominal pain, discomfort, distension and bowel habit.

This is a protocol.