Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Health Care Professionals in Pakistan

W. Jafri, J. Yakoob, N. Jafri, M. Maloni, S. Hamid, H. A. Shah, S. Abid

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Objective: To evaluate the symptomatology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) among health care professionals attending an IBS symposium in a tertiary care university hospital. Method: A questionnaire designed to incorporate Manning and Rome II criteria was distributed among participants of an IBS symposium, most of them were health care professionals. A total of 100 questionnaires were distributed, 41 had symptoms fulfilling criteria of IBS. In these patients male: female ratio was 28:13 with age range 18-68. Results: The predominant symptom was abdominal pain 87.8% (36/41) which was aggravated post-prandially 72.2% (29/41), relieved following defecation in 87% (35/41) with a sense of incomplete evacuation 85.3% (35/41) and distention after defecation in 80.4% (33/41). Anxiety and depression was present in 80% (33/41) as an extra intestinal symptom. Conclusion: Irritable bowel syndrome is common in health care workers with intestinal and extraintestinal manifestations being equally common.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-407
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003


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