What is the ACG position on psychological interventions for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Jenifer K Lehrer, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The 2009 American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG) position statement concluded that psychological interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy, are more effective than placebo. Relaxation therapy was no more effective than usual care. In agreement with the above analysis, study quality was described as low. [3]

More recent studies suggest targeting the mediating psychological process involved in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, such as illness perceptions, maladaptive coping, and visceral sensitivity. [24]


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