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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 Foundation Working Team provided an authoritative document on BGPs from internationally recognized experts, including recommendations for what works for whom. We also highlight some of the promising areas for future research.


A Rome Working Team Report on Brain-Gut Behavior Therapies for Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction

(2022). American Journal of Gastroenterology, 162:300–315
Laurie Keefer,PhD, Sarah K. Ballou,PhD,  Douglas A. Drossman, MD,  Gisela Ringstrom,PhD, Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD, and Brjánn Ljótsson PhD


Working Team Members:

Laurie Keefer, PhD, Mount Sinai (New York City, USA)
Laurie Keefer, PhD-Chair
Mount Sinai (New York City, USA)

Doug Drossman, MD
Douglas Drossman, MD
UNC/DrossmanCare (Chapel Hill, USA)

Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD, University of Essen (Germany)
Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD
University of Essen (Germany)

Brjánn Ljótsson, PhD, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)
Brjánn Ljótsson, PhD
Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Sarah Ballou, PhD, Harvard (Boston, USA)
Sarah Ballou, PhD
Harvard (Boston, USA)

Not Pictured:

Gisela Ringstrom, PhD
University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

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