CBT offers hope for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, but more funding and services needed, says College

Publication date: 11 April 2019

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to a study from the University of Southampton and King's College London about using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

She said: "Irritable bowel syndrome is very common and can or those most severely affected it can be an incredibly debilitating condition.

"This research is certainly interesting and will offer hope to many people who are living with what can be very distressing and embarrassing symptoms.

"However, we also know that even when new innovations are accepted by the NHS, referral times for any form of cognitive behavioural therapy can be long, so we need to make sure that all new therapy services are properly funded and resourced to ensure our patients can access them as promptly, equitably and effectively as possible."

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The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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