Behavioral Gastroenterology Program

Behavioral Gastroenterology: Average Improvement in Symptoms and Disability


The Behavioral Gastroenterology Program is a joint initiative between the departments of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Behavioral Health to provide comprehensive medical and psychological care to patients with complex needs. Children and adolescents generally present with abdominal pain or other functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders (48%), toileting and constipation difficulties (30%), or challenges coping with a chronic GI disease (22%). Treatment goals and interventions vary based on the presenting concerns of each individual child, but often will target:

  • Decreased somatic symptoms
  • Improved physical and psychosocial functioning
  • Decreased depression symptoms
  • Decreased anxiety symptoms
Average Improvement in Symptoms and Disability (N=145)


Treatment OnsetTreatment ConclusionGoal% Improvement

Physical/Somatic Symptoms (CSI-24)



Severity of Disability (FDI)



Depression Symptoms (CES-DC)



Anxiety Symptoms (SCARED)


  • CSI-24 = Children's Somatization Inventory
  • FDI = Functional Disability Inventory
  • CES-DC = Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children
  • SCARED = Screen for Childhood Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders

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