Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition which often has a significant impact upon quality of life. IBS has a high prevalence of co-existing psychological illness which has been associated with more severe and persistent symptoms and an increased need for specialist referral.A small number of research studies have explored the patient's perception and experiences of IBS, particularly when compounded by the presence of psychological co-morbidity. This study sets out to assess the feasibility of qualitative methods for exploring psychological co-morbidities associated with the condition.
- psychological illness
- interview methods