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BMC Family Practice

, 5:22

First Online: 13 October 2004Received: 18 March 2004Accepted: 13 October 2004

Abstract

BackgroundIrritable bowel syndrome is a common condition in general practice. It occurs in 10 to 20% of the population, but less than half seek medical assistance with the complaint.

MethodsA questionnaire was sent to the 406 GPs listed on the West Sussex Health Authority Medical List to investigate their views of this condition and whether they felt hypnotherapy had a place in its management

Results38% of general practitioners responded. The achieved sample shared the characteristics of target sample.

Nearly half thought that irritable bowel syndrome IBS was a -nervous complaint- and used a combination of -the placebo effect of personal care,- therapeutic, and dietary advice. There is considerable divergence in the perceived effectiveness of current approaches. Over 70% thought that hypnotherapy may have a role in the management of patients with IBS; though the majority 68% felt that this should not be offered by general practitioners. 84% felt that this should be offered by qualified hypnotherapist, with 40% feeling that this should be offered outside the health service.

ConclusionsGeneral practitioners vary in their perceptions of what constitutes effective therapy in IBS. They are willing to consider referral to a qualified hypnotherapist.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2296-5-22 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Stephen Cox - Simon de Lusignan - Tom Chan

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