In this study, physicians from the Netherlands evaluated the association between health-related quality of life and presentations of gastrointestinal symptoms.
The team used a questionnaire to obtain health-related quality of life and demographic information from 873 patients referred for endoscopy.
The physicians found that 50% of patients reported predominantly upper gastrointestinal symptoms, 39% predominantly lower symptoms, while 11% reported both upper and lower symptoms.
|Mean scores declined with increasing number of symptoms.|
|Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
They found that patients with mild symptoms had a mean score of 90 on a 100-point visual analogue scale. Patients with moderate and severe symptoms had mean scores of 75 and 64, respectively.
In addition, mean scores declined from 81 in patients with 1 symptom to 49 in patients with more than 8 symptoms.
Dr Bovenschen and colleagues concluded, "Severity of gastrointestinal symptoms is the most important factor in affecting health status, followed by the numbers and type of gastrointestinal symptoms".