P 1107 What Strategies Do Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome Continue to Use Following a 9-Week Comprehensive Self-Management Program?

Jasmine Zia, MD
Jasmine Zia, MD

Author insight from Jasmine Zia, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

What’s new here and important for clinicians?

  • Our 9-week comprehensive self-management (CSM) program resulted in sustainable behavioral changes up to 12 months for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptom management in the majority of our subjects.
  •  The most popular CSM strategies selected by our subjects for continued IBS symptom management were: 1. specific relaxation strategies such as the quieting response and abdominal breathing; 2. maintaining a balanced diet while still avoiding or limiting trigger foods; and 3. correction of thought distortions such as “should think” and “over-generalization of the negative.”

What do patients need to know?

Comprehensive self-management (CSM) is a multifaceted program.  You can decide which strategies to continue using based on how helpful they are in managing your symptoms and how they fit into your daily routine.

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Author Contact
Jasmine Zia, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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