New research carried out by the University of Southampton and King’s College London has looked into whether Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered over the telephone or through an interactive website is more effective in relieving the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) than current standard care.
In the largest study of its kind, the research team carried out a trial involving 558 patients who had significant IBS symptoms despite having tried other treatments for at least a year. The research compares the patients who undertook CBT either by telephone or online with those who continued with the standard treatment.
Dr Hazel Everitt, Associate Professor in General Practice Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton
Prof Rona Moss-Morris, Chair in Psychology as Applied to Medicine, Head of Health Psychology, Kings College London
Prof Trudie Chalder, Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Kings College London
Prof Sabine Landau, Professor of Biostatistics, Kings College London