Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization.

@article{Talley1995IrritableBS,
  title={Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization.},
  author={Nicholas J Talley and Alan R. Zinsmeister and Lee Joseph Melton},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  year={1995},
  volume={142 1},
  pages={76-83}
}
The clinical relevance of subdividing the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) into subgroups based on bowel habit is largely unknown. We therefore obtained an age- and sex-stratified random sample of Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents aged 20-95 years. All subjects were mailed a valid self-report questionnaire during the years 1988-1993; the response rate was 74% (n = 3,022). Among subjects with IBS (n = 536), four symptom-based subgroups of similar size were identified: constipation predominant… CONTINUE READING