Adults living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a qualitative systematic review

Shefaly, Shorey, Demutska, Alla, Chan, Valerie, and Tien Ho Siah, Kewin (2021) Adults living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a qualitative systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 140. 110289.

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Objective: To consolidate existing qualitative studies which examined the experiences and needs of adults living with IBS, and to gather a holistic insight for future directions and avenues to support these adults.

Methods: A qualitative systematic review was conducted and six databases were searched for qualitative studies, beginning from each database's inception to July 2020. The qualitative data were meta-synthesised and thematic analysis was adopted. Any discrepancies that arose were discussed between the reviewers until a consensus was reached throughout the process of data screening, selection, critical appraisal and synthesis.

Results: Seventeen studies with a total of 299 adults diagnosed with IBS were included. Four themes were identified: (1) physical, psychological, and social consequences; (2) impact of IBS on working adults; (3) dealing with IBS; and (4) sources of support and support needs.

Conclusion: Future research across geographically diverse locations are needed to gather a thorough perspective of the experiences and needs of adults living with IBS. The development and evaluation of technology-based, trained peer-led volunteers, and interventions that adopt mindfulness, active coping strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance, and commitment therapy are needed. Ultimately, the collaboration between the relevant stakeholders is essential for standardised instruments and materials for accurate testing, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of IBS.

Item ID: 65127
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-1360
Keywords: Adults; Experiences; Irritable bowel syndrome; Needs; Qualitative
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 23:35
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420319 Primary health care @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
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