Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – a biopsychosocial approach

25 September 2017

Tavistock and Portman clinicians have joined other world leading experts to create a new book looking at the relationship between physical (specifically Gastrointestinal) and Psychological disorders and makes practical recommendations for treatment, research, and teaching.

Dr. Julian Stern, Director of our Adult and Forensic Services, co-edited Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: A biopsychosocial approach, and also co-authored two chapters, along with Team around the Practice clinician Gareth Drake, and Elspeth Carruthers, data assistant in Adult Complex Needs. 

Julian worked for 17 years heading the St Marks Hospital Psychological Medicine Unit before joining the Trust in 2010, and brings his unique experience and knowledge to help trace the origins of psychodynamic thinking about somatic symptoms and functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Functional gastrointestinal disorders are among the most common medical conditions, and patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders have a higher rate of psychiatric disorder than the general population.

Recent psychodynamic thinking has explored the evidence for comorbidity of functional gastrointestinal disorders with psychological disorders, meaning a person-centered focus rather than symptom-centered is the preferred approach for treatment and research.

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders considers individual conditions in detail, including the current Rome IV diagnostic criteria required to make a positive diagnosis, the role of psychological and other biopsychosocial and biofeedback aspects of treatment, and general recommendations with regard to diet and medications.

Each chapter also provides an up-to-date consolidation and evaluation of the current literature as well as practical recommendations, which can then be applied by the reader in their own interaction with patients.

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Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - A biopsychosocial approach, co-edited by Julian Stern, and featuring contributions from Julian, Gareth Drake, and Elspeth Carruthers, is available now.