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Stress and inflammatory bowel disease: encouraging adaptive coping in patient’s

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Nursing
Issue number10
Published1 Jan 2011

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Inflammatory bowel disease is the term used to describe two specific conditions: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s
disease. It is thought that stress may play a role in the course of this disease, impacting the pattern of flareups
and remission. In this article, Cheryl Jordan reviews the evidence for the impact of stress on the course
of IBD. The findings of this article suggest that it is the perception of being under long-term stress that
impact on the course of the disease, rather than stressful life events themselves. Additionally, certain styles
of coping show links to poorer perceptions of health, wellbeing and greater disease concerns. Finally, areas
for exploration are suggested for nurses working with this group of patients, with the aim of beginning
discussions as the first step in encouraging adaptive coping.

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