A Impact of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on Quality of Life; a Systematic Review

A Impact of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on Quality of Life; a Systematic Review


  • M Usman Khalil
  • Muhammad Waleed
  • M Usama Kamal
  • M Usama Waseem
  • M Usman Ahmad
  • Ammad Waheed Khan
  • Athar Ahmed Saeed




Background: IBS is a prevalent GIT disorder known to affect millions worldwide, causing distressing symptoms like abdominal
pain, bloating, and altered bowel habits. Understanding the impact of IBS on quality of life is crucial.
Objective: To censoriously gauge the existing literature on the effects of irritable bowel syndrome on the health, social life, and
academic performance of affected people
Methods: We performed a systematic review of relevant literature from different databases like PubMed and Google Scholar on
the impact of irritable bowel syndrome on quality of life. To ensure transparency in this systemic review, we strictly followed
PRISMA guidelines.
Results: We selected 17 studies after strictly following our inclusion criteria. Every study employed different ways to assess the
impact on the quality of life. Four studies highlighted that a greater degree of work impairment was seen among patients with
irritable bowel syndrome. Seven studies highlighted that anxiety and depression were more prevalent. Moreover, IBS seems to be
more prevalent among females and was also associated with GIT-specific anxiety.
Conclusion: This systematic review underscores the multifaceted impact of IBS on individuals' quality of life, encompassing
health-related quality of life, work productivity, daily activities, and mental health. It also suggests a gender-related susceptibility
to IBS, particularly in females. These findings collectively emphasize the need for comprehensive care and support for individuals
living with IBS to improve their overall well-being.


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Khalil, M. U., Waleed, M., Kamal, M. U., Waseem, M. U., Ahmad, M. U., Khan, A. W., & Saeed, A. A. (2024). A Impact of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on Quality of Life; a Systematic Review. Journal of Society of Prevention, Advocacy and Research KEMU, 3(1), 82–88. https://doi.org/10.21649/jspark.v3i1.335



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