Bowel patterns among subjects not seeking health care. Use of a questionnaire to identify a population with bowel dysfunction.

@article{Drossman1982BowelPA,
  title={Bowel patterns among subjects not seeking health care. Use of a questionnaire to identify a population with bowel dysfunction.},
  author={Douglas A. Drossman and Robert S. Sandler and Daphne C McKee and A J Lovitz},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1982},
  volume={83 3},
  pages={529-34}
}
To understand the disorders of bowel motility, it is important to know the range of bowel patterns in the general population. We have devised a brief self-administered questionnaire which, when used among a group of 789 students and hospital employees, disclosed that 94.2% had stool frequencies between three per day and three per week, and that 17.1% had bowel dysfunction. When compared with the remaining sample, the bowel dysfunction group was predominantly female. This group also reported… CONTINUE READING

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