TITLE

ARE PATIENTS WITH IBS MORE LIKELY TO SEEK A PHYSICAL RATHER THAN A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR UNEXPLAINED SYMPTOMS?

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA114
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A tendency to attribute unexplained symptoms to physical disorders is thought to be common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This article cites a study conducted to test this hypothesis by assessing symptom severity, symptom interpretation, and quality of life in patients attending a hospital gastroenterology clinic. Results of the study suggest that symptom interpretation does not differ between IBS and non-IBS patients. However, in IBS patients, there is a correlation between the severity of abdominal pain and the tendency to seek a psychological explanation for physical symptoms.
ACCESSION #
13219259

 

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