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CBT recommended for condition with symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea

Talking therapies delivered remotely over the phone and internet could help people living with irritable bowel syndrome, research suggests.

About 10-20% of the UK population are thought to have IBS, a condition with symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating and problems with constipation and diarrhoea.

Since 2008 the UK’s the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended that if drug therapies fail to help patients within a year and symptoms continue – something the researchers say is a common situation – they should be offered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

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The Guardian

 

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