Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde
Eat, sleep – and get CBT
“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered over the phone or online has been found to be more effective in relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than current standard care, according to new research.
It’s hoped the results could make a big difference to patients with IBS who currently have very limited access to CBT, with some waiting months for treatment, in an increasingly strained NHS.”
Through the WI lens
Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Southampton carried out a trial involving 558 patients with persistent and significant IBS symptoms. They found that those treated with CBT – delivered either by phone or website – were more likely to report a significant improvement in their symptoms than those who only received current standard IBS treatments. This might be surprising to those who thought IBS was a purely physical condition, albeit there was already some knowledge that stress could be a key factor. This finding has a number of implications in terms of the wellness sector:
• It highlights the connectedness between different aspects of wellbeing. Just as you can’t dissociate the brain and the gut, you can’t separate financial wellbeing from anxiety and depression.
• There is going to be a growing opportunity in future for different types of healthcare to be delivered by private providers in partnership with the NHS, and through innovative channels. The potential of CBT-based apps is just beginning to be acknowledged.
• Digital treatment will rely upon access to technology – which needs to be recognised as a potential enabler of wellness alongside its role as a cause of stress.
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