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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019, 7(5), 677-683
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-7-5-2
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Prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome among Nursing Students at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Ahlam Al.qarni1, Mona Almutairi1, Muna Bamatraf1, Ruba Alharbi1, , Samia Alsulami1 and Fatmah Alsharif1

1Nursing, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Pub. Date: July 01, 2019

Cite this paper:
Ahlam Al.qarni, Mona Almutairi, Muna Bamatraf, Ruba Alharbi, Samia Alsulami and Fatmah Alsharif. Prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome among Nursing Students at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019; 7(5):677-683. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-7-5-2

Abstract

Introduction: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder that may be triggered by enteric pathogens. Research problem: Studies show IBS syndrome is a common disorder worldwide, for example 5-20% in the United States have irritable bowel syndrome, mostly among adults with age < 50 years old. Also, there is a study conducted in Al-Ahsa in 2017 that show the prevalence of IBS between medical student and interns in Saudi Arabia is 31.8%. Another study was conducted in Hail in 2018 among medical students show that 18% of the participants have been diagnosed with irritable syndrome. Moreover, no study was conducted exclusively among females nursing students in Jeddah. Materials: The questionnaire was adapted from a validated survey that was previously used. Method: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 193 undergraduate nursing students (second, third and fourth years) at King Abdul-Aziz university. Results: The results showed that 17.6% of nursing students at King Abdul-Aziz having IBS. Conclusion: The results showed that the prevalence of IBS is 17.6%. Recommendations: We recommend Screening for IBS and psychological problems and Stress management course. Also, we recommend to ministry of education to provide relaxation room for students at colleges.

Keywords:
irritable bowel syndrome IBS nursing students prevalence

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