Behavioral treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a 1-year follow-up study

Biofeedback Self Regul. 1986 Sep;11(3):189-98. doi: 10.1007/BF01003478.


Sixteen clients afflicted with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were reassessed 1 year following completion of a multicomponent treatment package incorporating progressive muscle relaxation, thermal biofeedback, cognitive therapy, and IBS education. For the 14 patients who kept a 2-week symptom diary, significant reductions in ratings of abdominal pain and tenderness, diarrhea, and flatulence were obtained comparing pretreatment and follow-up symptom-diary ratings. Eleven of 14 clients were improved over pretreatment levels, 57% met the criteria for clinical improvement of at least a 50% reduction in major symptom scores, and all but 1 of 16 rated themselves as subjectively improved.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy* / methods
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Relaxation Therapy