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Title: The use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Author: Schoultz, Mariyana
ISNI:       0000 0004 5921 5620
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2016
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Background: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of chronic gastrointestinal diseases with a relapsing nature. The two main types are Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Both CD and UC patients experience very similar and distressing symptoms: acute abdominal pain, vomiting, malnutrition, fever, fatigue, diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. These symptoms are disabling and have a severe impact on physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Around 30% of patients suffer from moderate to severe psychological distress and have difficulties coping with the illness even in remission. However, it appears that mental health is overlooked by clinicians who often focus on physical gastrointestinal symptoms only. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is evidence based, group psychological intervention that has been successful in reducing depression and anxiety scores in patients with depression while improving overall quality of life. However, MBCT has never been tested in the IBD population before. PhD question: Can MBCT be used as an adjunct therapy to IBD symptom management, for improving IBD patients' general well-being and quality of life? Aims and objectives: The overall aim of the thesis was to develop and collate the evidence for a definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT) testing the effectiveness of MBCT for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The thesis brings together six publications. The six publications were integrated into four objectives that collectively contributed in answering the overall PhD question. Results: The findings from the first three publications highlighted the disease-related concerns and psychological needs for patients with IBD. The findings from the last three publications highlighted how feasible it is to use MBCT in IBD and emphasised the IBD patients’ perspectives about MBCT. Conclusion: The thesis concluded that a definitive RCT of MBCT for IBD patients is both feasible and acceptable.
Supervisor: Watson, Angus ; Atherton, Iain Sponsor: University of Stirling ; Crohn's and Colitis UK ; R&D NHS Highland
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mindfulness ; MBCT ; RCT ; IBD ; inflammatory bowel disease ; Crohn's disease ; Ulcerative Colitis ; Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy ; Cognitive therapy ; Irritable colon ; Intestines Diseases