Introduction. The impact of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) on the quality of life (QoL) of patients is significant and it has important social and professional consequences. Materials and methods. We aimed to describe the patients’ perspective regarding the impact of IBD on their overall QoL and to evaluate the differences between men and women. An observational cross-sectional study, that included 180 patients with IBD in clinical remission, was conducted. All the patients completed a number of 3 questionnaires in order to evaluate the general aspects of their QoL. A separate questionnaire was created regarding gender-specific issues in women with IBD encounter. Also, particular features such as the incidence of anemia and osteoporosis among IBD patients were documented. The data obtained were analyzed and compared between the two gender-classified groups. Results. According to the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (SIBDQ), patients had a general perception of a good QoL, but the impact was higher in women. Fatigue and tiredness were severely perceived almost to the same degree regardless of their gender, whereas anxiety and unemployment were more present in men. No significant differences in women with IBD during the active disease and during disease remission were found. Conclusions. The overall quality of life of IBD patients is affected in many aspects, leading to the deterioration of their social and professional lives, for both men and women, but some aspects remain gender-specific and require a personalized standard of care.
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Constantinescu, Gabriel; Gheorghe, Gina; Rinja, Ecaterina; Plotogea, Oana; Sandru, Vasile; Butuc, Andreea; Diaconu, Camelia Cristina; Oprescu, Anca Macovei; Popa, Bogdan; and Ilie, Madalina
"Quality of life and special issues in women with inflammatory bowel diseases,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 8:
2, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol8/iss2/18