Table 1

IBS related complaints and problems of the primary care and outpatient populations

Variable (range) Primary care (n=109) Outpatient (n=86) p Value
Duration of complaints (1–9)6.0  (4.0–9.0)6.0  (4.0–8.0)0.22
Intensity of abdominal pain (1–5)2.0 (2.0–3.0)2.0 (2.0–3.0)0.009
Frequency of complaints (1–6) 5.0 (4.0–6.0)6.0 (5.0–6.0)0.000
Limitation of daily activities (1–4)2.0 (2.0–2.0)2.0 (2.0–3.0)0.000
Avoidance of social or physical activities (1–4)1.0 (1.0–2.0)2.0 (2.0–3.0)0.000
Severity score (0–9)3.0 (3.0–4.0)5.0 (4.0–6.0)0.000
Number of visits for abdominal complaints to GP during previous 3 months1.0 (1.0–2.0)2.0 (1.0–3.0)0.001
Absenteeism (number of days in previous 3 months) due to abdominal complaints0.0 (0.0–2.0)0.0 (0.0–2.25)0.65
  • A Mann-Whitney U test was performed for all variables.

  • Median values are presented with interquartile ranges in parentheses.