Is cognitive behavior therapy effective for irritable bowel syndrome?
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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for IBS compared with no treatment or to symptom monitoring. CBT also produces additional improvement in bowel symptoms when added to antispasmodic medication for up to 1 year. However, CBT does not appear to be any more effective than general relaxation or to have any additive benefit to consistent medical care. (SOR B, based on randomized control trials and a systematic review.)
Evidence Based Practice 11(6): 11+.