Irritable bowel syndrome prevalence varies enormously depending on the employed diagnostic criteria: comparison of Rome II versus previous criteria in a general population.

@article{Mearn2001IrritableBS,
  title={Irritable bowel syndrome prevalence varies enormously depending on the employed diagnostic criteria: comparison of Rome II versus previous criteria in a general population.},
  author={Ferm{\'i}n Mear{\'i}n and Xavier Bad{\'i}a and Agust{\'i}n Balboa and Eva Bar{\'o} and Ellen Caldwell and Mercedes Cucala and Manuel D{\'i}az-Rubio and Arturo Fueyo and Julio Ponce and Montse Roset and Nicholas J Talley},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology},
  year={2001},
  volume={36 11},
  pages={1155-61}
}
BACKGROUND Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) prevalence estimates are essential for measuring the importance of the problem and the burden of the illness. However, IBS diagnosis is based on clinical criteria which have changed over time. The aim of this study was to assess how the use of different diagnostic criteria influences estimated IBS prevalence and, in particular, to compare how this prevalence varies using the new Rome II criteria and previous diagnostic criteria. METHODS An… CONTINUE READING