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Title: Normal bowel habits and prevalence of functional bowel disorders in Singaporean adults - Findings from a community based study in Bishan
Authors: Chen, L.Y.
Ho, K.Y. 
Phua, K.H. 
Keywords: Bowel frequency
Constipation
Diarrhoea
Functional bowel disorder
Irritable bowel syndrome
Issue Date: Jun-2000
Source: Chen, L.Y., Ho, K.Y., Phua, K.H. (2000-06). Normal bowel habits and prevalence of functional bowel disorders in Singaporean adults - Findings from a community based study in Bishan. Singapore Medical Journal 41 (6) : 255-258. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background/Aim of Study: Data on the epidemiology of bowel frequency and functional bowel disorders in the East are limited. The aims of this study were to determine the most common bowel frequency and the prevalence of functional bowel disorders in Singaporean adults. Methods: A cross sectional study, using a reliable and valid questionnaire was carried out in a random sample of residents aged 16 years and above in Bishan, 68% responded (n=271). Results: The most common (59.0 ± 6.5%) bowel frequency was once a day with 96.8 ± 5.6% of individuals having bowel frequency between 3 times/ week and 3 times/day. The prevalences of irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and chronic diarrhoea were 3.2 ± 2.3%, 7.3 ± 3.5% and 6.9 ± 3.4%, respectively. Women were found to have a lower bowel frequency (p
Source Title: Singapore Medical Journal
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132514
ISSN: 00375675
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