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Quality of life in different gastrointestinal conditions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10029366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in how gastrointestinal symptoms relate to and impact on patients' health-related quality of life. This is particularly the case for functional gastrointestinal disorders that are characterized by a lack of biological markers for disease activity. There is only a slight variation in the type of gastrointestinal symptoms reported with different gastrointestinal disorders, and patients with dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome, for example, often describe a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms with considerable overlap between them. The same pattern has been observed in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, even though heartburn and acid regurgitation are easier to distinguish from other gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly in patients in whom objective reflux is verified. Most aspects of health-related quality of life in patients with gastrointestinal disorders are compromised, irrespective of diagnosis. Patients with functional disorders seem, if anything, to display more emotional distress than those with organic disorders. Given the considerable overlap between different gastrointestinal symptom clusters, it is not surprising that these conditions have a similar impact in terms of perceived health status and quality of life. The key factors associated with the degree of perceived distress and dysfunction relate to disease severity and the presence of abdominal pain symptoms.
I K Wiklund; H Glise
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of surgery. Supplement. : = Acta chirurgica. Supplement     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1102-416X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Surg Suppl     Publication Date:  1998  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-21     Completed Date:  1999-04-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114489     Medline TA:  Eur J Surg Suppl     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Quality of Life Research, Astra Hässle AB, Mölndal, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis,  psychology*
Quality of Life*

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