Updated and Revised Rome IV Criteria Released

MAY 23, 2016
Katherine Hasal
“Today, we are officially releasing the updated and revised Rome IV diagnostic criteria for more than 20 different gastrointestinal disorders,” said Douglas Drossman, MD, president of the Rome Foundation, at a presentation at Digestive Disease Week 2016, a joint meeting of the American Academy for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).
In use since 1989, the Rome diagnostic criteria for functional gastrointestinal disorders have become the most influential standard for defining functional GI disorders, which are the most common diagnoses made by consulting gastroenterologists and primary care physicians for symptoms of the GI tract. Last updated in 2006, the new Rome IV criteria are expected to shape research on these disorders and how patients are diagnosed and treated for the next decade.
As part of the new release, the Rome Foundation has introduced six new books in both print and online formats that are designed to be of use for both researchers and clinicians. These books include two volumes called Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders—Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction, Multidimensional Clinical Profile for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for Primary Care and Non-GI Clinicians, Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders—Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction, and Diagnostic Questionnaires and Tables for Investigators and Clinicians.
“The release of these new criteria and the associated publications is the culmination of five years of work and is based on decades of research. It is an update that reflects our latest scientific knowledge and the current consensus about these disorders by the leading experts in our field,” he said.
Additionally, together with LogicNets, the Rome Foundation has also created the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit. The system was available for preview at the conference but will not be officially released until early third quarter of 2016.
“In partnering with LogicNets, we have developed an interactive platform for our Rome IV educational materials,” said Drossman. “By combining and integrating both the diagnostic and treatment decision making tools, this system approximates how clinicians think through the complex challenges of working with their patients having functional gastrointestinal disorders. It will enhance the value of our books and other educational resources by adding a tool that is more proximate to the way good expert clinicians think.”

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