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Long-term follow-up of internet-delivered exposure and mindfulness based treatment for irritable bowel syndrome
Center for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Center for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Gastroenterology, Sabbatsbergs hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2011 (English)In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, ISSN 0005-7967, E-ISSN 1873-622X, Vol. 49, no 1, 58-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We conducted a follow-up of a previously reported study of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for IBS, based on exposure and mindfulness exercises (Ljótsson et al. (2010). Internet-delivered exposure and mindfulness based therapy for irritable bowel syndrome - a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 531-539). Seventy-five participants from the original sample of 85 (88%) reported follow-up data at 15-18 months (mean 16.4 months) after completing treatment. The follow-up sample included participants from both the original study's treatment group and waiting list after it had been crossed over to treatment. Intention-to-treat analysis showed that treatment gains were maintained on all outcome measures, including IBS symptoms, quality of life, and anxiety related to gastrointestinal symptoms, with mainly large effect sizes (within-group Cohen's d= 0.78-1.11). A total of fifty participants (59% of the total original sample; 52% of the original treatment group participants and 65% of the original waiting list participants) reported adequate relief of symptoms. Improvements at follow-up were more pronounced for the participants that had completed the full treatment and maintenance of improvement did not seem to be dependent on further treatment seeking. This study suggests that internet-delivered CBT based on exposure and mindfulness has long-term beneficial effects for IBS-patients.

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2011. Vol. 49, no 1, 58-61 p.
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Exposure, Follow-up, Internet therapy, Irritable bowel syndrome, Mindfulness, Self-help
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-133882DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.10.006ISI: 000287061500008PubMedID: 21092934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-133882DiVA: diva2:370549
Available from: 2010-11-17 Created: 2010-11-17 Last updated: 2011-03-22Bibliographically approved

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