This NIHR-funded study published in the Lancet
is the 24-month follow-up to an earlier publication of 12-month outcomes for 558 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) receiving usual care alone or additional telephone or web-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The former paper
showed that both therapies helped people deal with their IBS. This longer-term follow-up shows that CBT continues to benefit patients months after therapy sessions have stopped. IBS can be a very debilitating and difficult condition to treat. The present study helps strengthen the case for the provision of remote talking therapies, particularly telephone-based therapy (71% of study participants experienced a clinically significant improvement in their IBS symptoms), as a way to improve access and outcomes for patients.
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