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dc.contributor.authorLahmann, C.
dc.contributor.authorRohricht, F.
dc.contributor.authorSauer, N.
dc.contributor.authorNoll-Hussong, M.
dc.contributor.authorRonel, J.
dc.contributor.authorHenrich, G.
dc.contributor.authorvon Arnim, A.
dc.contributor.authorLoew, T.
dc.identifier.citationLahmann , C , Rohricht , F , Sauer , N , Noll-Hussong , M , Ronel , J , Henrich , G , von Arnim , A & Loew , T 2010 , ' Functional Relaxation as Complementary Therapy in Irritable Bowel Syndrome : A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial ' , Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , vol. 16 , no. 1 , pp. 47-52 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 193246
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 4fac6712-7945-4c2a-9363-6d1c8a52b029
dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/4269
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 76449094703
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.[Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]
dc.description.abstractObjectives: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a frequently disabling and almost invariably distressing disease with a high overall prevalence. Numerous trials identified the importance of psychogenic and emotional etiological factors, and this is obvious in clinical practice. Although relaxation techniques are frequently recommended, there is still a lack of evidence for their efficacy in the management of IBS. This study therefore aims to determine the efficacy of functional relaxation (FR) in IBS. Subjects: The subjects were 80 patients with IBS. Interventions: Participants were randomly allocated either to FR or to enhanced medical care (EMC: treatment as usual plus two counseling interviews) as control intervention with 2 weekly sessions over the 5-week trial each. Thirty-nine (39) patients completed FR and 39 received EMC. Outcome measures: An impairment-severity score (IS) was employed as the primary outcome parameter with assessment at baseline, after treatment, and again after 3-month follow-up. Results: FR was significantly superior to EMC with a standardized effect size of 0.85. The achieved effects through FR remained stable in terms of psychic and bodily impairment after 3-month follow-up. Conclusions: The results of our trial suggest a positive effect of FR training on subjective functional impairment in the IS, if provided in addition to treatment as usual (TAU). There appears to be a clinically relevant long-term benefit of FR as a nonpharmacological and complementary therapy approach in IBS.en
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
dc.titleFunctional Relaxation as Complementary Therapy in Irritable Bowel Syndrome : A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trialen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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