Psychotherapy could help reduce IBS symptoms, study finds: 4 insights

Psychological therapies can help reduce GI symptoms in adults with irritable bowel syndrome, according to a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Here are four insights:

1. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of controlled trials.

2. They searched PubMed, PsycINFO, Science Direct and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses for trials and included 41 trials in their analysis.

3. The study found that, on average, individuals who received psychotherapy had a greater reduction in GI symptoms following treatment as compared to 75 percent of patients assigned to a control condition after treatment.

4. These effects remained significant in the short-term follow-up period.

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