In order to help clinicians in their Functional GI Disorders diagnostic and treatment approaches, The Rome Foundation is introducing the new Rome IV educational program, including diagnostic algorithms for evaluation of common functional GI symptoms and Multidimensional Clinical Profiles (MDCP) for individualized patient-centered treatment.

“Clinicians evaluate patients seeking care for common symptoms such as vomiting, constipation, and pain, other symptoms,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation. “In developing the Rome IV educational materials, we realized that the symptom assessment and treatment based on a particular diagnosis is not sufficient. Multiple factors of a biopsychosocial nature need to be considered when evaluating patients and planning their treatment.”

This led the Rome Foundation to develop two books: the Diagnostic Algorithms for Common GI Symptoms and the Multidimensional Clinical Profile, providing clinicians the tools they need to work through the diagnostic evaluations and then also incorporate the multiple factors of the illness to optimize treatment. This includes knowing not only diagnosis, but their severity, psychological or physiological disturbances and quality of life all of which may affect treatment decisions.

These two books are part of the full set of Rome IV Education Materials for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The series features a total of six new books in print and online formats. The new Rome IV publications have been updated since Rome III in 2006 with new chapters, references, diagnoses, and graphics, and will be launched at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016.

The Rome IV series includes:

  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (volumes 1 and 2)
  • Multidimensional Clinical Profile for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: MDCP
  • Diagnostic Algorithms for Common GI Symptoms
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for Primary Care and Non-GI Clinicians
  • Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction
  • Diagnostic Questionnaires and Tables for Investigators and Clinicians

All publications are available in print and ebook formats, and can be pre-ordered by going to

Rome Foundation will be exhibiting at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, California May 21-25, 2016, Booth #4525. Attendees will have the opportunity to see Rome IV materials and order the publications onsite.

About The Rome Foundation

The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. An independent organization, The Rome Foundation provides support for scientific research and the development of educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).
Over the last 20 years, The Rome Foundation has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the FGIDs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.

The Rome Foundation is committed to the continuous development, legitimization and preservation of the field of FGIDs through science-based activities. We are inclusive and collaborative, patient-centered, innovative and open to new ideas.
For more information, or to set up an interview with Dr. Doug Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation onsite at DDW 2016 or via phone, contact Chuck Hester at or direct at 919/607-1522.