Journal article

Psychological state and quality of life in patients having behavioral treatment (Biofeedback) for intractable constipation

HJ Mason, E Serrano-Ikkos, MA Kamm

American Journal of Gastroenterology | Published : 2002


OBJECTIVE: Behavioral techniques, including biofeedback, improve symptoms in a majority of patients with intractable idiopathic constipation. However, it is unknown whether there is also improvement in patients' psychological well-being and quality of life (QOL). It is also unknown whether psychological or QOL factors can be used to predict the response to treatment. We aimed to assess these factors prospectively. METHODS: Thirty-one consecutive patients (median age 36 yr) receiving biofeedback retraining for idiopathic constipation were studied. A bowel symptom record, the General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28) (n = 31) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (n = 20), both psychologica..

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