Format

Send to

Choose Destination
BMC Fam Pract. 2004 Oct 13;5:22.

General practitioners believe that hypnotherapy could be a useful treatment for irritable bowel syndrome in primary care.

Author information

1
Gillets Surgery, Deanland Road, Balcome, West Sussex, RH17 6PH, UK. stephen.cox@gp-h82615.nhs.uk <stephen.cox@gp-h82615.nhs.uk>

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Irritable 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.

METHODS:

A 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

RESULTS:

38% 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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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

PMID:
15482597
PMCID:
PMC526280
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2296-5-22
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for BioMed Central Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center