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We read with interest the editorial by Lackner and Jaccard, which discusses the largest cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) trial for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to date.1 2 The study by Everitt et al highlights the superiority of both web-based and telephone delivered CBT in comparison to usual treatment for individuals with IBS.2 In light of these results, Lackner nd Jaccard suggest that CBT is the dominant non-drug IBS treatment.1 We would disagree with this statement, and wish to highlight the benefit of dietary therapies to manage patients with IBS.
Traditional dietary advice is the first-line dietary intervention for individuals with IBS, as recommended by national guidelines, but is based …
Contributors AR, RLB, CCS, NT, IA and DSS drafted the article. All authors approved the final article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests DSS receives an educational grant from Schaer (a gluten‐free food manufacturer).
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