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Recenti Prog Med. 1989 May;80(5):241-4.

Functional gut disorders and health care seeking behavior in an Italian non-patient population.

Abstract

We conducted a survey on functional gut disorders and health care seeking behavior in a large non-patient population of an Italian region (Umbria). 533 subjects were interviewed by means of a specific questionnaire. 44 (8.5%) reported symptoms compatible with the irritable bowel syndrome, 30 (5.8%) had non-colonic pain, 48 (9.2%) chronic constipation, and 20 (3.8%) dyspepsia. It is concluded that in our region there is a relatively high percentage of subjects that do not commonly seek health care, although affected by functional gut disorders.

PMID:
2762661
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