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A self help guidebook on irritable bowel syndrome reduces primary care consultations

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-e

Research question What can self help do for patients with irritable bowel syndrome?

AnswerA self help guidebook makes people feel better, and reduces consultations

Why did the authors do the study? Irritable bowel syndrome is common, hard to treat, and costly. These authors wanted to find out if simple interventions such as a self help guidebook or group sessions with other patients would help

What did they do? They held focus groups with patients and incorporated the findings into a self help guidebook on irritable bowel syndrome, which they then tested in a randomised controlled trial with three arms. In the first, 141 patients received …

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