Online or phone CBT improves IBS outcomes

Almost three-quarters of patients showed clinically significant improvement, study shows

Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by phone or via the web leads to improvements in patient-reported outcomes in irritable bowel syndrome, according to UK research.

Smiling woman on phone

A 12-month study of nearly 560 patients with refractory IBS compared the effectiveness of telephone-delivered and web-based CBT at reducing IBS symptoms and impact with treatment as usual.

IBS Symptom Severity Scores, which range from 0 to 500, were 62 points lower (better) than with usual treatment at 12 months in the telephone group and 35 points lower in