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Q In patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), does a self help intervention in the form of a guidebook or group meetings reduce consultation rates and symptom severity?
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randomised controlled trial.
Follow up period:
54 general practices in the UK.
420 patients ⩾18 years of age (mean age 40 y, 89% women) who had IBS diagnosed by a general practitioner or specialist and had consulted their general practitioner with gastrointestinal symptoms at least once in the past year. Patients unable to read or understand English were excluded.
self help guidebook† containing information on lifestyle, diet, and drug and alternative treatments with current evidence and patients’ experiences (n = 141); guidebook plus an invitation to participate in a 2 hour self help group meeting with 8–12 patients facilitated by the …
↵† Kennedy A, Robinson A. What should I do? A handy guide to managing irritable bowel syndrome. Southampton: RTFB Publishing, 2000.
For correspondence: Dr A Robinson, Hope Hospital, Salford, UK.
Source of funding: Manchester, Stockport, and West Pennine Research and Development Liaison Group.