A cognitive behavioural therapy booklet for anxiety in functional gastrointestinal disorders: Patient and health practitioner perspectives

Antonina A Mikocka-Walus, Alyce Ahl, Andrea L Gordon, Jane M Andrews

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Abstract Objective: Psychotherapy is commonly used to treat functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGiDs), yet face-to-face psychotherapy is 15 labour intensive, less convenient for patients as it involves travel to the practice, costly and not always easily available. Self-administered psychotherapies have not been extensively investigated in this population. This study aimed to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a self-administered cognitive behavioural therapy booklet to reduce anxiety in patients with FGiD. Method: A mixed-methods study underpinned by the Health Belief Model was conducted. Results: The booklet has been well received by patients (n = 26) and doctors (n = 8) and its acceptability and feasibility confirmed. Conclusions: The results of the study suggest that this self-help tool is acceptable by patients and doctors as part of treatment for anxiety in FGiDs and its effectiveness should be further tested in adequately powered studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-177
Number of pages14
JournalPsychotherapy research
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Sept 2014

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