Multidisciplinary care best for functional GI disorders

Australian gastroenterologists show that involving psychiatrists and allied health professionals improves outcomes

Multidisciplinary care improves symptoms in patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders compared with treatment by a gastroenterologist alone, an Australian trial shows.

doctors and allied health therapists talking in a corridor

In the first randomised controlled trial of its kind, 188 patients were randomised either to treatment by their gastroenterological specialist alone (46 patients) or to attendance at a multidisciplinary clinic (98 patients).

At the multidisciplinary clinic, patients had access to