Physical functioning and health status by Burckhardt's fibromyalgia impact questionnaire in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

L. R. Odes, L. Neumann, S. Odes, D. Buskila

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Abstract

The physical functioning of patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) has not received sufficient attention in quality of life studies. Outpatients with CD (n = 41) and UC (n = 72) and controls (n = 124) were studied using Burckhardt's fibromyalgia impact questionnaire to determine physical functioning (0 = best, 3 = worst) and health status (1 = worst, 7 = best). Physical functioning was found to be inferior in CD (mean score: 0.8 ± 0.8) than UC (0.4 ± 0.6, p<0.01); individual items with significant differences included shopping, clothes-washing, carpet-cleaning, walking, and visiting relatives and friends. Physical functioning in CD patients with fibromyalgia was worse than in those without fibromyalgia, with mean scores of 1.2 ± 1.0 and 0.4 ± 0.4 respectively, p < 0.01. Health status was worse in CD than UC in terms of ability to do the job, pain, and stiffness. All control data differed from values determined in CD and UC subjects. In conclusion, physical functioning was impaired in both CD and UC, but the deficit was appreciably greater in CD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Gastroenterohepatology
Volume18
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crohn's disease
  • Health status
  • Physical functioning
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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