Fast Five Quiz: Bristol Stool Form Scale

John W. Birk, MD


August 22, 2023

The Bristol Stool Form Scale (BSFS) offers a convenient, detailed way for patients to describe their bowel habits using natural language in a doctor's office or clinical trial setting. In addition to the traditional question of frequency of bowel movements, the Bristol stool types (ranging from 1-7) serve as rough proxies for colon transit. Stool scales such as BSFS and the Cleveland Clinic Formed Stool Scale are primarily designed to facilitate communication between patients and clinicians, and they also can help physicians and patients track changes in stool patterns over time, monitor the effects of dietary and lifestyle changes, and evaluate the efficacy of a range of treatment interventions.

Are you ready and able to use the BSFS in your practice with patients who might benefit? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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