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Structured patient education is superior to written information in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled study.
Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2010; 22(4):420-8EJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Education and reassurance are proposed to be of great importance in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but few trials supporting this are available. Our aim was to compare the effects of a structured patient group education (IBS school) versus receiving written information in the form of an IBS guidebook, on knowledge, symptoms, and quality of life in IBS patients.

METHODS

Patients with IBS according to the Rome II criteria were randomized to participate in the group education or to receive the guidebook. The effects were evaluated by self-administered questionnaires at 3 and 6 months after baseline.

RESULTS

One hundred and forty-three patients - 71 in the guidebook group and 72 in the IBS school group - completed the study. Compared with the guidebook group, the patients in the education group showed greater reduction in IBS symptom severity and gastrointestinal (GI)-specific anxiety, as well as greater improvement in perceived knowledge of IBS. Several aspects of health-related quality of life were significantly improved after the group education, but not in the group who received the written information.

CONCLUSION

A structured patient group education is superior to written information to enhance knowledge of IBS, and improve GI symptoms and GI-specific anxiety in IBS patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden. gisela.ringstrom@vgregion.seNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19923998

Citation

Ringström, Gisela, et al. "Structured Patient Education Is Superior to Written Information in the Management of Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Randomized Controlled Study." European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, vol. 22, no. 4, 2010, pp. 420-8.
Ringström G, Störsrud S, Posserud I, et al. Structured patient education is superior to written information in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled study. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010;22(4):420-8.
Ringström, G., Störsrud, S., Posserud, I., Lundqvist, S., Westman, B., & Simrén, M. (2010). Structured patient education is superior to written information in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled study. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 22(4), pp. 420-8. doi:10.1097/MEG.0b013e3283333b61.
Ringström G, et al. Structured Patient Education Is Superior to Written Information in the Management of Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Randomized Controlled Study. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010;22(4):420-8. PubMed PMID: 19923998.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Structured patient education is superior to written information in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled study. AU - Ringström,Gisela, AU - Störsrud,Stine, AU - Posserud,Iris, AU - Lundqvist,Sara, AU - Westman,Berndt, AU - Simrén,Magnus, PY - 2009/11/20/entrez PY - 2009/11/20/pubmed PY - 2010/7/9/medline SP - 420 EP - 8 JF - European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology JO - Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol VL - 22 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Education and reassurance are proposed to be of great importance in the management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but few trials supporting this are available. Our aim was to compare the effects of a structured patient group education (IBS school) versus receiving written information in the form of an IBS guidebook, on knowledge, symptoms, and quality of life in IBS patients. METHODS: Patients with IBS according to the Rome II criteria were randomized to participate in the group education or to receive the guidebook. The effects were evaluated by self-administered questionnaires at 3 and 6 months after baseline. RESULTS: One hundred and forty-three patients - 71 in the guidebook group and 72 in the IBS school group - completed the study. Compared with the guidebook group, the patients in the education group showed greater reduction in IBS symptom severity and gastrointestinal (GI)-specific anxiety, as well as greater improvement in perceived knowledge of IBS. Several aspects of health-related quality of life were significantly improved after the group education, but not in the group who received the written information. CONCLUSION: A structured patient group education is superior to written information to enhance knowledge of IBS, and improve GI symptoms and GI-specific anxiety in IBS patients. SN - 1473-5687 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19923998/Structured_patient_education_is_superior_to_written_information_in_the_management_of_patients_with_irritable_bowel_syndrome:_a_randomized_controlled_study_ L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=19923998 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -