The Effectiveness of Stress Management Cognitive Behavior on Functional Dyspepsia Symptoms and Quality of Life in Patients with Functional Dyspepsia

Yadollah Zargar, Zahra Dehghanizadeh, Mahnaz MehrabizadehHonarmand, Ahmad Kadkhodaei


Background: Functional dyspepsia and digestive disorders are common, debilitating and costly. Little information about the role of stress management in terms of cognitive-behavioral treatment of dyspepsia is available. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral stress management on functional dyspepsia symptoms and quality of life in patients who referred to digestive Clinics in Ahvaz, Iran.

Materials and Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study. The clinical approach to the pre-test, post-test and follow-up was performed with the control group. We selected 30 patients diagnosed with functional dyspepsia based on Rome- III diagnostic criteria. Patients were randomly divided into two experimental group and a control group.

Results: There were significant differences between the experimental and control groups in terms of functional dyspepsia and quality of life that was obtained both at stages of past treatment and at follow-up (p‹0.001).

Conclusion: Stress management using cognitive-behavioral therapy is a reliable model for improving symptoms and quality of life in patients with functional dyspepsia.


Stress management cognitive-behavioral; Functional dyspepsia; Quality of life; Iran

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