Source:

van der Veek
SMC
,
Derkx
BHF
,
Benninga
MA
, et al
.
Cognitive behavior therapy for pediatric functional abdominal pain: a randomized controlled trial
.
Pediatrics
.
2013
;
132
(
5
):
e1163
e1172
; doi:
https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2013-0242

Investigators in the Netherlands conducted a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of a 6-session cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) protocol compared with 6 visits to a pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist (intensive medical care [IMC]) for the treatment of pediatric functional abdominal pain (FAP). For the study, children aged 7 to 18 years who met the standardized Rome III criteria for FAP were enrolled and randomized to either the CBT or IMC treatment group. CBT was delivered primarily by trained master’s degree students in psychology. Pediatrician-delivered IMC consisted of parent and child education and advice regarding FAP, including diet, activity, and medication, if indicated. Assessments...

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