Dr Ae Lee Jang and colleagues evaluated the clinical outcomes of CBT in female nursing students with IBS.
The team's primary outcome measure of the study was the Bowel Symptom Severity Scale-IBS version.
The researchers randomized 90 participants to each group in a randomized pretest–post-test control group design.
The experimental group received an 8-week CBT intervention, and the control group received general information on IBS.
|Overall IBS-quality of life improved over time in the CBT group|
|European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology|
Bowel symptom severity, dysfunctional attitudes, and IBS-quality of life were assessed at baseline and after 8, 16, and 24 weeks.
The research team reported that 6 experimental and 8 control participants withdrew during the study because of various reasons.
Significant effects were found for bowel symptom severity between the experimental, and the control groups.
The team noted that overall IBS-quality of life improved over time in the CBT group.
The CBT also showed the alleviation of dysphoria, interference with activity, and health worry, and the improvement of body image and relationships compared with the control group.
Dr Jang's team concludes, "CBT proved to be an effective intervention for improving the clinical states of IBS in young female nursing students."