By Caroline Tuck (APD, PhD Candidate)
King’s College in London has recently published a research article comparing group vs. one-on-one low FODMAP diet education in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This has never been researched before.
The study compared 263 patients receiving Dietitian-led group education (no more than 12 people in each group) to 101 patients receiving the more traditional approach of one-on-one sessions with a Dietitian. Before being enrolled in the study, each patient was assessed to check suitability to either group or one-on-one education. They asked each patient to rate their symptoms before and after intervention.
Overall, the study found that more participants were satisfied with their symptom control after education than before, suggesting that the low FODMAP diet was working. However, participants were equally satisfied after group versus one-on-one education, showing that the different types of education were equally beneficial; 54% were satisfied with symptom control after group education and 60% were satisfied with symptom control after one-on-one education.
There are a few things to keep in mind here. In some cases, seeing a Dietitian on an individual basis is important. This is especially the case if you have any additional food intolerances / allergies / preferences. It is also important to keep in mind that the low FODMAP diet is not always a one-size-fits-all approach, therefore you may benefit from seeing a Dietitian who is able to adapt the diet to closely suit your needs and symptoms.
We always recommend you consult with your Doctor first, before attempting any dietary change.
Thanks King’s College for a very interesting research article investigating something that has never been looked at before!
Whigham, L., Joyce, T., Harper, G., Irving, P. M., Staudacher, H. M., Whelan, K., & Lomer, M. C. E. (2015). Clinical effectiveness and economic costs of group versus one‐to‐one education for short‐chain fermentable carbohydrate restriction (low FODMAP diet) in the management of irritable bowel syndrome. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.