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Partners and Spouses Weigh In
At the MBDC, we have initiated a study that will examine crucial aspects of the relationship between an IBS patient and her/his partner. There is very little information on how beliefs about illness and coping on the part of the patient, the partner, and the degree of agreement between them may effect the course of IBS. There is research about these relationships regarding other chronic illnesses. At the MBDC, we believe that IBS is not a solitary experience for the patient, and we hope to produce data which will help partners be more supportive and help patients better understand the reactions of their significant others.