This is the latest IBS research on our minds this month. Read the highlights or dive deeper.
When psychological comorbidities lead to IBS uncertainties
A recent review in Gastroenterology and Hepatology addressed the uncertainty surrounding the treatment of IBS patients with psychological comorbidities.
The review considers the perspectives of a gastroenterologist, dietitian, and GI psychologist and shares the latest best practice recommendations for assessment and treatment, including dietary and behavioural interventions, for IBS patients with co-occurring anxiety and depression.
The impact of a low quality of life
Researchers collected data related to demographics, gastrointestinal and psychological symptoms, healthcare usage, direct healthcare costs, and impact on work and daily living activities of almost 800 people living with IBS to better understand their quality of life.
The study found their quality of life scores comparable to those with stroke, leg ulcers, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additionally, those with lower quality of life had significantly higher healthcare usage and direct healthcare costs.
A positive approach to IBS
While existing therapies target negative psychological factors, this research investigates how positive psychological aspects relate to IBS symptoms, quality of life, and health behaviors.
The researchers suggest an intervention that cultivates greater well-being may be a novel way to alleviate symptoms, boost a patient’s health behaviors, and improve their health-related quality of life.