Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Hood MM1, Jedel S2. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;46(4):859-874. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2017.08.008. Epub 2017 Oct 3.
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1 Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, 1645 West Jackson, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. Electronic address: Megan_Hood@rush.edu.

2 Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, 1725 West Harrison Street, Suite 207, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


Mindfulness-based interventions may be beneficial psychosocial treatments for improving the health and well-being of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. This article reviews eight studies, assessing seven psychosocial interventions, which include mindfulness and/or meditation components. Strongest effects of the interventions were found in quality of life and anxiety/depression, with inconsistent or minimal changes in other psychosocial areas, such as perceived stress and in disease-related outcomes and other physiologic functioning. Mindfulness interventions for patients with inflammatory bowel disease may be a supplemental treatment option to improve quality of life and distress in this population, although results are preliminary and interventions require additional testing.

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