Correlation of dyspepsia with quality of life in Qashqui migrating nomads, Southern Iran

گوارش، مجله انجمن متخصصين گوارش و كبد ايران

دوره 16 - شماره Supple.1

Article Type: Original Article
Abstract: Introduction: Functional dyspepsia is a highly prevalent gastrointestinal disorder that can present many clinical dilemmas in patient management. Although not life-threatening, the symptoms are long-lasting, interfere with daily activities and have a significant impact upon the quality of life. This study investigates the correlation of dyspepsia and quality of life in Qashqai migrating nomads in Fars province, southern Iran. Method: In summer 2009, 784 Qashqai migrating nomads aged 25 years or older were enrolled using a multiple-stage stratified cluster random sampling method. The questionnaire of Rome II diagnostic criteria for dyspepsia was used for diagnosis of dyspepsia. For about 50% of them, SF 36 questionnaire was also completed. Results: The prevalence of dyspepsia was 29.9%. The dyspeptic patients were classified as having ulcer-like (27.9%), dysmotility-like (26.2%), or unspecified dyspepsia (45.9%). Difference in SF36 questionnaire domains was significant in dyspeptic patients in comparison to non-dyspeptic ones. Conclusion: Dyspepsia had a high prevalence in Shiraz, southern Iran and its relation to quality of life was very high.