The effectiveness of homework tasks in an irritable bowel syndrome self-management programme

Bogalo, L. and Moss-Morris, R. (2006) The effectiveness of homework tasks in an irritable bowel syndrome self-management programme. New Zeland Journal of Psychology, 35, (3), 120-125.


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The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of engagement with homework
tasks in a brief, self-help CBT based intervention for irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS). Thirty one IBS participants who were randomised to receive the selfmanagement
programme participated in this part of the study. Participants
completed a seven week self-management programme which consisted
of a detailed self-help manual that included weekly structured homework
tasks, an initial face-to-face session with a CBT therapist, and two hour-long
telephone sessions at three and fi ve weeks into the programme. In order to
assess improvement across the trial, patients completed questionnaires at
baseline, post treatment and three months follow-up measuring the severity
of their IBS symptoms and their level of symptom relief. Homework sheets
were returned at the end of therapy and rated by two independent raters
for quantity and quality of homework completed. There were no signifi cant
differences between improvers and non-improvers at the end of treatment
in either the quality or quantity of homework completed. However, at three
months post treatment people who had symptom improvement had completed
signifi cantly more homework during their treatment and the quality of this
homework was greater than people who had not improved. Encouraging
patients to engage in self-help activities may increase the efficacy of this
form of therapy.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0112-109X (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 44993
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2006Published
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:19

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