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Two-year follow-up of behavioral treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

Authors
Journal
Behavior Therapy
0005-7894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0005-7894(88)80056-x
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Medicine

Abstract

Fourteen patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and who had completed a multicomponent treatment involving thermal biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, IBS education, and cognitive therapy were evaluated 2 years posttreatment. Eight of the 14 patients (57%) who completed symptom monitoring diaries met our criteria for clinical improvement, i.e., achieving at least 50% reduction in primary symptom scores. When follow-up symptom means were compared with pretreatment means, significant (one-tailed) reductions were obtained on abdominal pain/tenderness, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence; the means on all measures at two-year follow-up were better than those obtained prior to treatment.

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