A comparative reappraisal of the Rome II and Rome III diagnostic criteria: are we getting closer to the 'true' prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome?

@article{Sperber2007ACR,
  title={A comparative reappraisal of the Rome II and Rome III diagnostic criteria: are we getting closer to the 'true' prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome?},
  author={Ami D. Sperber and Pesach Shvartzman and Michael Friger and Alex Fich},
  journal={European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology},
  year={2007},
  volume={19 6},
  pages={441-7}
}
OBJECTIVES Revisions of the diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome have led to varying prevalence estimates. The Rome III criteria require a lower symptom frequency than Rome II (at least 10% of the time for Rome III, compared with at least 25% of the time for Rome II). In an epidemiological survey of a representative sample of Israeli adults using Rome II, we reported the prevalence for irritable bowel syndrome as 2.9%. The official Rome II integrative questionnaire, used for that… CONTINUE READING