What is the effect of IBS on quality of life?
IBS can have a significant negative effect on health-related quality of life (HR-QOL). However, because IBS is not a life-threatening illness many clinicians underestimate its effect on individuals, family, and friends. Using the standard health-related questionnaire (SF-36), individuals with IBS symptoms report lower scores on all scales compared with the general population. Compared with other illnesses such as diabetes and depression, IBS patients have similar or significantly worse HR-QOL scores.