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June 2021 Book of the Month

Gut Feelings: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship: A Guide for Patients and Doctors

Description: This book is written for patients and their doctors by an internationally acclaimed gastroenterologist and patient advocate. It contains up-to-date knowledge on the science, diagnosis, and treatment of all the Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (formerly called Functional GI Disorders) and offers techniques to maximize the patient-doctor relationship.

For the patient, it will help you to:
• Understand and manage your GI symptoms and improve the care you receive
• Talk with your doctors—learn what to say, what to ask, and what to do when the visit is not going well
• Find the best clinical programs for treating DGBI
• Understand why you have symptoms when all tests are negative

For the doctor, it will help you to:
• Learn the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of all Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI)
• Elicit accurate information from the medical interview to make a precise diagnosis
• Acquire communication skills to better connect with your patients

Dr. Drossman and Johannah Ruddy

About the Authors

Dr. Drossman is trained in gastroenterology and psychiatry and was the founder and co- director of the Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders at the University of North Carolina. He is an internationally recognized scientist, clinician, and educator in DGBI and communication skills training. He has written over 500 peer- reviewed scientific articles, published 15 books, and was awarded numerous federal research grants. He is the founder, former president, and current COO of the Rome Foundation. As president of DrossmanCare, he produces educational videos and develops workshops and training programs in communication skills. His internationally recognized gastroenterology practice receives patients with difficult to diagnose and manage DGBI.

Johannah Ruddy is an accomplished academic author, patient advocate and educator dedicated to bringing the patient voice to topics relating to GI illness, chronic pain and gender related health care disparities and a highly-recognized patient advocate with a background in education and management of non-profit health organizations. She is the executive director of the Rome Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of DrossmanCare. As Executive Director, she coordinates operations and educational programs. With DrossmanCare, she facilitates workshops in patient-centered care and is a simulated patient in videos on communication skills.

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