Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Precision Pain Self-Management in Young Adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Pilot Investigators

Professor Xiaomei Cong

Xiaomei Cong (PI)


The proposed pilot project will provide foundational information about the contextual factors of IBS pain (pain catastrophizing, perceived stress, reactivity pain sensitivity, genetic and microbiome) on pain SM process and outcomes. In addition, we will gain insight on the potential impact of the personalized IBS-pain SM approach on pain SM behaviors and health outcomes. The knowledge gained from this pilot study will position the PPI and her team for future work in the area of precision pain SM, using innovative methods to improve quality of life and costs of care for individuals and families with IBS pain.


  1. Cong X, Ramesh D, Perry M, Xu W, Bernier KM, Young EE, Walsh S & Starkweather, AR (2018). Pain self-management plus nurse-led support in young adults with irritable bowel syndrome: Study protocol for a pilot randomized control trialResearch in Nursing & Health
  2. Cong, X, Perry, M, Bernier, KM, Young, EE, & Starkweather, AR (2017). Effects of Self-Management Interventions in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Systematic ReviewWestern Journal of Nursing Research


  • Self-Management Science Center, February 17, 2017, Podium
  • P20 External advisory Board meeting, September 2017, Podium
  • Council for Advancement in Nursing Science, October 2017, E-Poster
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society, April 2018, Podium
  • NIH Center Directors Meeting, May 2017 & 2018, Poster