Assessment of Quality of life in irritable bowel syndrome patients and detecting the factors that are associated with QoL in Thi-Qar- Iraq

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Suha Nadem Muhsin
Alyaa Abdalrazaq Abass
Makarim M. Ali Hassan


Anxiety, Irritable bowel syndrome, gender, Quality of life


Background: Patients with irritable bowel syndrome have significantly worse quality of life (QOL) in contrast with the predominant community, and QOL is a typical measure of outcomes in treatment trials, cost effectiveness analysis, and clinical practice. The goals of this research were to: employing a 34-item self-report questionnaire, we analyzed QOL in IBS subtypes in a group of Iraqi patients, and identify the elements that are inversely related to quality of life in this patient population. Methods: Between February and September of 2022, a cross-sectional research was conducted on 80 patients with IBS who were all aged 18 or older, with a mean ( SD) age of 38.89 ( 13.16) years. Laboratory tests, a physical examination, and the patient's history were used to identify gastrointestinal disorders. Rome-3 criteria were used to divide sufferers into three groups: those that are irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), those that are irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), and those that are irritable bowel syndrome with mixed symptoms (IBS-M). QOL is measured using a self-report questionnaire, anxiety with the (Stait-trait anxiety assessment), and depression with the Beck depression inventory.
Results: There was no significant difference between the mixed subtype of IBS (2.68± 0.29), the constipation predominant subtype (2.83± 0.23), and the diarrhea predominant subtype (2.71± 0.27 ) in terms of mean QOL ratings (P value: 0.05). Severity of anxiety symptoms was inversely associated with QOL. There was a negative correlation between age [Standardized beta: 0.138, (95% confidence interval: -1.006, -4.518) and QOL scores, [Standardized beta: 0.753, (95% confidence interval: 0.365, 0.557)]. The probability is less than zero .05]
Conclusion: QOL was not difference between IBS subtyps and the other it was independently associated with Anxiety and gender while the ages, depression symptom, IBS subtypes, geographic distribution, educational, and marital status didn't have any relate to QOL.

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