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IJMDC. 2024; 8(1): 111-117

How significant is the effect of the type of work on irritable bowel syndrome symptoms over time in a sample of the Saudi community? A cross-sectional study

Waleed Mohammad Alhuzaim, Bader Hammad Alharbi, Nawaf Abdulaziz Aljahili, Yazeed Mohammed Alqraini, Albaraa Mohammed Alsaif, Omar Abdulaziz Ababtain, Khalid Hammad Alharbi.


This study aimed to evaluate the stress produced by occupation in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients and to assess the relationship between the type of work and IBS symptoms and the impact it has on an employed population in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.
This was a cross-sectional study adopted among the employed population in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. A questionnaire was distributed online via social media applications (WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook) with the purpose of recruiting participants from the employed population in Riyadh city.
The study found that IBS had various impacts on participants' daily lives. Around 8.5% reported impairment in their ability to work, while 16.4% reported moderate impairment in their ability to perform household chores. The study also revealed that participants experienced negative impacts related to their bowel problems. Almost 33.6% reported being bothered by the amount of time spent on the toilet. The findings also revealed that there was a 0.130 unit reduction in productivity. Similarly, a 0.065 unit reduction in the ability to do regular daily activities, other than working at job being result of the increased IBS Symptoms by one unit.
A considerable number of participants in the study disclosed missing work due to their IBS symptoms, indicating challenges in balancing their condition with regular work attendance. Moreover, participants reported substantial impairment in household tasks, social activities, and forming close relationships, underscoring the significant impact of IBS on daily functioning and overall quality of life.

Key words: irritable bowel syndrome, Rome criteria, quality of life, IBS, public health

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