Center for Psychosocial Research in Gastrointestinal Diseases

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About At CPRGI, our primary mission is to help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases obtain better disease control and improved quality of life. We seek to understand health behaviors that directly interfere with the effectiveness of medical care.
Description The psychological and social aspects of GI diseases are often neglected in a busy health care setting. However, research shows that attending to a patient’s psychosocial needs in the context of a medical condition is critical for optimal disease care. Early identification and remediation of psychosocial factors influencing disease may reduce health care costs and patient financial burden and lead to improved function and quality of life.

In a state-of-the art setting and multidisciplinary research environment within the Department of Medicine's Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University, we conduct psychosocial assessment and research in gastrointestinal diseases, adjustment to diagnosis, and nutrition and eating behaviors. We also provide disease education and self-management programs, and a variety of behavioral therapies including gut-directed hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relaxation techniques.

We are a comprehensive team of health psychologists, physicians, and dieticians, together, seeking to understand health behaviors that directly interfere with the effectiveness of medical care. These behaviors can be intentional or unintentional, and might include poor stress response, or inadequate sleep hygiene or diet. Other behavioral factors include low levels of physical activity, smoking, nonadherence to medication and/or dietary regimes, poor patient-physician communication, low social support, limited disease knowledge, caregiver stress, and psychological issues such as depression or anxiety. Health psychologists and advanced practice dieticians in our group are uniquely qualified to address these issues and work with patients’ doctors to optimize treatment.

By participating in research, patients contribute to the advancement of science and help others cope with their disease. Some of our current projects, funded by the National Institutes of Health and other private non-profit organizations, address issues specific to inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), functional gastrointestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), esophageal disorders such as functional heartburn and reflux disease, chronic pain disorders including pancreatitis, and eosinophilic GI disorders (EGIDs).

If you or someone you know has a chronic GI illness, we would be honored if you would consider joining our group at CPRGI at Northwestern University. If you are interested in participating in a clinical research study but have questions, please visit the FAQ page on our main website within the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University to learn more about what clinical research involves, some of the risks and benefits that may associated with participating, and what are your rights as a research participant. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or for additional information about our projects.
Mission To help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases obtain better disease control and improved quality of life.
Phone (312) 695-2620
Web site http://cprgi.org
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