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'Just to get it off my chest': Patients' views on psychotherapy in inflammatory bowel disease

Mikocka-Walus, Antonina, Gordon, Andrea L, Stewart, Benjamin J and Andrews, Jane M 2013, 'Just to get it off my chest': Patients' views on psychotherapy in inflammatory bowel disease, Counselling and psychotherapy research, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 227-234, doi: 10.1080/14733145.2012.730540.

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Title 'Just to get it off my chest': Patients' views on psychotherapy in inflammatory bowel disease
Author(s) Mikocka-Walus, AntoninaORCID iD for Mikocka-Walus, Antonina orcid.org/0000-0003-4864-3956
Gordon, Andrea L
Stewart, Benjamin J
Andrews, Jane M
Journal name Counselling and psychotherapy research
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 227
End page 234
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013-09-11
ISSN 1473-3145
1746-1405
Keyword(s) antidepressants
content analysis
inflammatory bowel disease
psychotherapy
Summary Objective: This study aimed to explore patients' experiences and views on psychotherapy in relation to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Crohn's disease (CD) in particular. Method: This descriptive survey study used semi-structured in-depth interviews with open-ended questions and a qualitative content analysis to summarise responses of 12 CD patients with mental health problems undergoing treatment with antidepressants. Results: Of 12 interviewed CD sufferers, only four received any form of psychotherapy. Two psychotherapy users considered it useful and beneficial. Patients who used psychotherapy with good results reported it improved their disease course, most likely due to improving patients' skills in reducing stress and thus, delaying relapse of the disease. Conclusion: Psychotherapy seems to be under used in IBD patients with mental health problems. Psychotherapy may act as a preventer of disease relapse in some patients and this observation needs to be tested with further quantitative studies. Online therapies may be the answer to limited psychotherapeutic resources in gastroenterology clinics.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14733145.2012.730540
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088824

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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