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Irritable bowel syndrome in Iranian young adults: A survey among medical students

Semnani, S. and Abdolahi, N. and Roshandel, G. and Besharat, S. and Keshtkar, A.A. and Jabbari, A. and Fazel, A.R. and Kalavi, K. and Mozaffari, D. (2006) Irritable bowel syndrome in Iranian young adults: A survey among medical students. Journal of Medical Sciences, 6 (6). pp. 974-978. ISSN 16824474 (ISSN)

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study on medical students at the Golestan University of Medical Sciences in Iran was conducted to determine the prevalence of IBS and to assess the symptom subgroups based on the predominant bowel habit. A vaild self report questionnaries based on ROM II criteria was administered to all the medical students. Comparison between groups was assessed using the Chi-square and Fishers Exatct analytical tests. Of 708 questionnaires, 513 complete responses were received (response rate of 87.4%). Fifty (10.6%) subjects reported symptoms consistent with the diagnosis of IBS, predominantly in women. Forty (77.4%) and three (7.1%) were of the constipation-predominant and diarrhea-predominant subgroups, respectively. Six (12.2%) subjects fell into the non-specific IBS subgroup. The mean age of the IBS group was 22.6±2 years. IBS rate was higher in married students (15.2%) than singles (9.7%). There were no significant differences regarding sex, age, marital status and place of residence in the IBS and non-IBS groups. 57.1% (n = 28) of the medical students had consulted their healthcare practitioner for their symptoms. Hospitalization and endoscopic procedures were reported in 3 (6.1%) of cases. Self-medication was reported in 55.1% (n = 27) of subjects. Based on this study, the prevalence of IBS in young Iranian population are higher than previously expected that deserves greater care and further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - J. Med. Sci. (Pakistan) [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Gastroenterology, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Western Entrance, Gorgan, Golestan Province, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Golestan Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (GRCGH), Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Western Entrance, Gorgan, Golestan Province, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Golestan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Gorgan, Golestan Province, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Golestan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Gorgan, Golestan Province, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: IBS, Iran, Medical students, Prevalence, adult, article, chi square test, consultation, controlled study, endoscopy, female, Fisher exact test, health care personnel, hospitalization, human, Iran, irritable colon, major clinical study, male, marriage, medical student, prevalence, questionnaire, risk assessment, risk factor, self medication, sex difference, social status, symptom
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2015 04:17
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 09:52
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2429

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