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Biofeedback refers to a collection of techniques in which a physiologic activity is monitored and information concerning unconscious bodily functions is provided instantly by audio or visual instruments so that a patient may gain control over these functions. The patient is instructed to use a number of strategies (for example, sensations, thoughts, or feelings) to produce a desired change in physiologic functioning and to use whichever technique appears successful. The rationale underlying biofeedback assumes that the physiologic activity being monitored is causally related to a clinical problem and that alteration of the physiologic activity can lead to resolution of that
HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Biofeedback for Gastrointestinal Disorders. Ann Intern Med. ;103:291–293. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-2-291
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(2):291-293.
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