ROME Foundation  

Raleigh,  NC 
United States
http://www.theromefoundation.org
  • Booth: 4525

The Rome Foundation is an independent not for profit 501(c)3 organization that supports activities to create scientific data to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Functional GI Disorders. We seek to legitimize and update our knowledge of the FGIDs by bringing together scientists and clinicians to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction.


 Press Releases

  • RALEIGH, NC (April 12, 2016) – The Rome Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of people with Functional gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders, will announce new diagnostic criteria next month to update the recommended methods for diagnosing more than twenty different gastrointestinal disorders. The new Rome IV diagnostic criteria will be officially released at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016. Rome criteria are developed by teams of top experts in Functional GI disorders and have been used since 1989. They have become the most influential standard for defining Functional GI Disorders, which are the most common diagnoses among patients consulting gastroenterologists and primary care physicians for symptoms from the GI tract. The new Rome IV version of these criteria can be expected to shape research on these disorders and how patients are diagnosed and treated for the next decade.

    “The Rome IV process has included the work of more than 120 investigators and clinicians from around the world,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of the Rome Foundation. “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.”

    The Rome Foundation will introduce six new books in print and online formats in support of the new criteria. These Rome IV books are designed to be of use for both researchers and clinicians. The six titles are:

    • 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 online at www.theromefoundation.org/products or by visiting Booth #4525 at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, California May 21-25.

    About The Rome Foundation

    The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. As an independent not-for-profit 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 work has enabled the experts convened by the Foundation to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice. These recommendations are provided in the Foundation’s publications and reflected in the Rome diagnostic criteria.

    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 chuck@bigthinkin.com or direct at 919/607-1522.

     

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  • RALEIGH, NC (April 16, 2016) – 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 www.theromefoundation.org/products

    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 chuck@bigthinkin.com or direct at 919/607-1522.

     

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  • RALEIGH, NC (May 11, 2016) – The Rome Foundation, as part of its launch of new Rome IV diagnostic criteria later this month, will be releasing two volumes designed to help the busy primary care physicians, pediatricians and other non-gastroenterological providers who see patients with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

    “One of the Rome IV initiatives was that of reaching a larger audience of non-gastroenterologists,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of the Rome Foundation. “Partnering with leaders in the primary care and pediatrics field, Rome created two books that cover the spectrum of FGIDs, but in a fashion that is specifically designed to address the diagnoses most commonly seen, with emphasis on “how to” diagnosis and treatment information.”

    Rome IV Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for Primary Care and Non-GI Clinicians (First Edition)

    Rome partnered with leaders in the primary care field to create the primary care book, co-edited by Joel Heidelbaugh, MD, and Pali Hungin, MD.  Chapters first address the burden of FGIDs on the patient and their relation to other functional somatic syndromes. Following this is general information relating to diagnostic and management strategies for primary care, patient-centered approaches to care, and then an understanding of these disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective.

    The second part addresses the most important FGIDs: esophageal, gastroduodenal (functional dyspepsia), bowel (e.g., IBS and constipation), anorectal (e.g., dyssynergic defecation and incontinence), childhood disorders for neonates-toddlers and children-adolescents, centrally mediated disorders of GI pain (e.g., chronic pain and narcotic bowel syndrome) and finally multicultural aspects of FGIDs.

    The book concludes with the comprehensive list of the Rome IV FGIDs and their diagnostic criteria.

    Rome IV Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction

    The field of pediatric FGIDs has grown over the last two decades, and for this reason, Rome Foundation decided to publish a separate book on pediatric FGIDs, which is extracted from the main Rome IV chapter material.

    The Pediatric book has an introduction by co–guest editors Samuel Nurko, MD (chair of the Neonate-Toddler Committee) and Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD (chair of the Child-Adolescent Committee).  Following this are the two updated and expanded pediatric chapters of Rome IV and also newly validated sets of the pediatric diagnostic questionnaires and criteria, a series of pediatric Multidimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP) cases for the Rome IV book, and a set of diagnostic algorithms for both neonate-toddler and child-adolescent. Thus, the pediatric gastroenterologist can possess a complete but compact book on FGIDs relative to his or her specialty.

    Rome IV Educational materials will be officially released at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016. Rome criteria are developed by teams of top experts in Functional GI disorders and have been used since 1989. They have become the most influential standard for defining Functional GI Disorders, which are the most common diagnoses among patients consulting gastroenterologists and primary care physicians for symptoms from the GI tract. The new Rome IV version of these criteria can be expected to shape research on these disorders and how patients are diagnosed and treated for the next decade.

    The Rome Foundation will introduce six new books in print and online formats in support of the new criteria. These Rome IV books are designed to be of use for both researchers and clinicians. The six titles are:

    • 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 online at www.theromefoundation.org/products or by visiting Booth #4525 at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, California May 21-25.

    About The Rome Foundation

    The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. As an independent not-for-profit 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 17 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 work has enabled the experts convened by the Foundation to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice. These recommendations are provided in the Foundation’s publications and reflected in the Rome diagnostic criteria.

    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 chuck@bigthinkin.com or direct at 919/607-1522.

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  • RALEIGH, NC (May 20, 2016) – The Rome Foundation, in collaboration with LogicNets, has created the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit. This new intelligent software system addresses the sophistication and complexity of FGID diagnosis and treatment protocols by providing an online resource to assist practitioners in achieving optimal clinical outcomes. It offers a powerful online and interactive approach for accessing the combination of the Rome IV Diagnostic Algorithms and the MDCP treatment guidelines on-demand and at the point of care. 

    The Rome Foundation and LogicNets will be jointly previewing the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit at the Rome Foundation booth at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016.

    The new online system, designed to interactively deliver advanced Rome knowledge to physicians and clinicians via any browser based device will be released during the early 3rd quarter of 2016. 

    “In partnering with LogicNets, we have developed an interactive platform for our Rome IV educational materials,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation. “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 FGIDs. 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.”

    “Rome Foundation is recognized as providing global standards of excellence for understanding and treating FGIDs. We could not ask for a better content partner to demonstrate the value of our platform in making complex critical knowledge easily accessible and usable for patients at the point of care,” said Jelle Ferwerda, President and CEO of LogicNets.  “We look forward to a positive reception from the worldwide Rome community and to offering a new venue for Rome content to be accessed and used directly by provider organizations as part of the incorporation of CDS technology into the Healthcare IT infrastructure stack.”

    Using any browser-enabled device, physicians and clinicians interact visually with Rome algorithms and guidelines, seeing all relevant decision pathways developed from actual clinical cases and using touch inputs to highlight and activate the pathways that lead to the optimal outcomes and recommendations. The platform operates in the ways that clinicians need to work: by using a logical, multidimensional and yet individualized framework for proper decision making.  The acquired information is derived from true-to-life clinical cases.  The underlyling decision-making content was created and modified through a consensus process involving the Rome Foundation Board of Directors and the Rome IV chapter committee members, comprised of leading experts from around the world. As a result, the decision pathways are based on the most up to date and authoritative body of knowledge that has ever existed for the FGIDs.   

    The system is designed to accommodate the user’s own clinical workflow. The program responds using its extensive database of information and then interactively guides practitioners through a series of questions that help shape the diagnostic and treatment pathways to offer the best options.  Navigating the full range of ROME IV diagnostic algorithms and MDCP treatment guidelines is unusually flexible, letting the user explore, select, and de-select different factors or decision points in any order.  At each decision point, users have dynamic access to relevant informational resources to confirm their conclusions or to get enhanced guidance for providing accurate inputs.   

    The new Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit will be available directly from Rome Foundation.  LogicNets also plans to make the system available to its healthcare provider organization customers who use LogicNets’ decision support platform as a means of enhancing clinical and administrative processes and workflow at the point of care.

    About LogicNets

    Since 2004, LogicNets has focused on developing its LogicNets Expert Decision Support platform allowing organizations to capture their expertise and make it available on-demand to all players (staff, partners, patients, customers, etc) via online applications accessible from any location or standard device. The LogicNets Clinical Decision Support Platform is offered either as a cloud-based hosted service (SaaS) or a locally installed web-enabled application. For more information on LogicNets in healthcare, please visit http://medical.logicnets.com

    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 chuck@bigthinkin.com or direct at 919/607-1522.


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