Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 10 and 20 per cent of people in the UK and leaves sufferers with a range of physical and mental issues, including bloating, cramps and chronic anxiety. This can have a huge impact on their quality of life, often having negative repercussions on their relationships and resulting in them having to take multiple days off work.
However, results from new research conducted by the University of Southampton and Kings College is set to bring hope to thousands of IBS sufferers in the UK who have exhausted alternative treatments and drugs.
The Universities conducted a trial on 558 patients who experienced ongoing, significant IBS symptoms and had previously tried other IBS treatments for at least 12 months. Professors then developed IBS specific CBT programmes, consisting of eight treatment sessions but different levels of therapist contributions.
The research, which was the largest study of its kind, showed that participants who received the varying levels of CBT reported significant improvement in the severity of their symptoms compared to those who only received basic IBS treatment.
CBT specialists, Efficacy were delighted to discover the results of this research and are now keen to encourage IBS sufferers to seek out CBT treatment to alleviate their symptoms.
The organisation were particularly intrigued to learn that the telephone and web-based CBT sessions were proven to be the most effective treatment for the participants who undertook these as their form of IBS treatment. Efficacy believes that although IBS causes physical symptoms, it is also important to acknowledge the psychological factors that can exasperate these symptoms.
Efficacy provides CBT treatment for IBS and believes it is essential to understand that it is the interaction between patient's thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can contribute to the physical symptoms of IBS. The firm is now delighted that the results of this new study have highlighted the important contribution CBT can have in helping sufferers.
If you have IBS and would like to find out more about how CBT can help you, contact Efficacy to speak to one of their BABCP accredited therapists on 020 7929 7911