Digestive Disease Week

Digestive Disease Week

May 24, 2016
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VIDEO: Mindfulness training improves IBS symptoms, quality of life

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SAN DIEGO — In this exclusive video from DDW 2016, Kirsten Tillisch, MD, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, discusses how Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction can improve IBS symptoms and quality of life.

“Seventy percent of our patients with IBS had a ... clinically significant drop in symptoms,” Tillisch said. “We also saw improvement in IBS-associated quality of life, anxiety, depression and the visceral sensitivity index.

“Mindfulness is considered basically being in the present moment without judgment,” she explained. “It’s a simple concept but it’s really hard for us in our society to learn how to do this.”


Tillisch K, et al. Abstract #Mo1640. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week; May 21-24, 2016; San Diego.

Disclosures: Tillisch reports grant/research support and other financial relationships with Tsumura.