Prevalence and Quality of Life in Qashqai Migrating No-mads with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Southern Iran


SJ Masoumi 1 , Fariba Moradi 2 , * , D Mehrabani 1 , F Khademolhosseni 1 , A Mostaghni 1 , N Zare 1 , M Salehi 1 , A Montazeri 3 , M SaberiFiroozi 1

1 Gastroentrohepatology Research Center , Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran

2 Department of Family Health, Office of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Fars, Iran

3 Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Masoumi S, Moradi F, Mehrabani D, Khademolhosseni F, Mostaghni A, et al. Prevalence and Quality of Life in Qashqai Migrating No-mads with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Southern Iran, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 11(4):403-407.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 11 (4); 403-407
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 28, 2008
Accepted: March 10, 2009




Background: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an important public health problem, owing both to its high prevalence and its impact on the quality of life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of IBS and its relationship to life style in Qashqai migrating nomads with a different lifestyle in Fars province, southern Iran.


Methods: In summer 2006, 748 Qashqai migrating nomads aged 25 years or more were enrolled, using a multiple-stage stratified cluster random sampling method. A questionnaire consisting of demographic data and IBS symptoms was completed for each subject. For about 50% of them, SF 36 questionnaire was also completed.


Results: The prevalence rate of IBS was 11.8% and there was a close relationship between IBS and the life quality.


Conclusion: The prevalence of IBS in Qashqai migrating nomads was higher than the urban population in the area with a close relationship to the life quality.


Irritable bowel syndrome SF 36 questionnaire Quality of life Rome II criteria Migrating nomads Southern Iran

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