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December, 2019 through present:

There is now adequate evidence to support the integration of brain-gut psychotherapies [BGPs] into gastroenterology care. BGPs are believed to directly influence gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, particularly pain and discomfort, as well as improve coping and quality of life.

As GI Psychologists and other mental health providers become more available with the growth of training opportunities through the Rome Foundation and its members, there is an urgent need to inform GI practitioners about the structure, modes of delivery and evidence-base for existing brain-gut psychotherapies across the full range of digestive conditions.

This Rome WTR will provide an authoritative document on BGPs from internationally recognized experts, including recommendations for what works for whom. We will also highlight some of the promising areas for future research.

Working Team Members:

Sarah Ballou, PhD, Harvard (Boston, USA)
Douglas Drossman, MD, UNC/DrossmanCare (Chapel Hill, USA)
Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD, University of Essen (Germany)
Brjánn Ljótsson, PhD, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)
Gisela Ringstrom, PhD, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Laurie Keefer, PhD, Mount Sinai (New York City, USA)

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