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Abstract

Awareness about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). A Survey Based Study

A bowel function disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that highly affects the quality of life of the patient. IBS may be diarrhoea predominant IBS (IBS-D), may be (IBS-C) constipation predominant IBS, and sometimes mixed bowel pattern (IBS-M) with both harden & loosen stools. Complications may include changes in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation, and pain in abdomen along with various symptoms including rectal urgency with diarrhea and abdominal bloating. Risk factors include age, anxiety, depression and adverse life Events. Prognostic techniques are colonoscopy and abdominal ultrasound. Different treatment strategies are used to treat various conditions experienced by individual patients. Drugs like antispasmodics, tricyclic antidepressants, 5-HT3 antagonists and probiotics are proved effective in this condition.
Objective: The survey aimed to find out Awareness about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) among the pharmacy graduates of 3rd to 5th professional Pharmacy.
Method: A Cross sectional and random method was used to collect data from university students. Data was analyzed and represented in the form of tables and graph.
Result: According to our survey, 74% students have basic information about IBS, 26% students have knowledge about the complications of IBS, 33% have knowledge about the risk factors of IBS, 7% have information about the prognosis of IBS and 53% students have knowledge about the treatment strategies of IBS.
Conclusion: The overall awareness is very low in pharmacy graduate.


Author(s): Safila Naveed, Asra Hameed, Ammarah Urooj and Ramsha Mehak

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