The impact of constipation on quality of life may vary in different cultural or national settings.
Dr Dr Petrini and colleagues from Switzerland studied quality of life in a multinational survey in those with and without constipation defined according to Rome III criteria.
The research team compared different social and demographic groups with and without constipation.
The researchers assessed country-specific differences among the groups studied.
Health-related quality of life was assessed with the Short Form 36 questionnaire in 2870 subjects in France, Germany, Italy, UK, South Korea, Brazil and USA.
Respondents were mainly middle-aged, married or living together and part- or full-time employed.
|General health status was worse in the constipated populations |
|Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics|
The team found that general health status, measured by the Short Form-36 questionnaire, was worse in the constipated vs non-constipated populations.
Results were comparable in all countries.
The research team observed that quality of life scores correlated negatively with age.
The team noted that constipated women reported more impaired health related quality of life than constipated men.
People from Brazil were most affected by constipation as to their social functioning and general health perception.
Dr Petrini's team concludes, "There are significant differences in health related quality of life between constipated and non-constipated individuals."
"We found a significant, negative correlation between the number of symptoms and complaints and Short Form-36 scores."
"The study detected a correlation of constipation with quality of life and the influence of social and demographic factors on health related quality of life in constipated people."