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Acta Colombiana de Psicología

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CELLERI, Milagros; KOUTSOVITIS, Florencia; CREMADES, Camila  and  GARAY, Cristian J.. Perceived Quality of Life Index in Patients with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders at a Public Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Act.Colom.Psicol. [online]. 2023, vol.26, n.1, pp.45-55.  Epub Feb 19, 2023. ISSN 0123-9155.

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGDS) are chronic diseases that constitute a relevant public health problem, associated in previous research with a poorer quality of life. The aim of this study was to study the quality of life in patients attending a Neurogastroenterology Service at an Argentinean public hospital and compare it with a control population. A quantitative and cross-sectional study was carried out including a clinical population diagnosed with some FGD (n = 35) and a control sample without diagnosis of FGD (n = 37). Significant differences were found between people with FGD and control subjects, X 2 (1, N = 70) = 30.23, p < .001 in all sub-dimensions of the Quality of Life Index (MQLI), except Spiritual Fulfillment (SF). Similar to previous research, the results of this study suggest that individuals with FGD show a worse perception of quality of life than the general population. These findings could contribute to the design of interventions that contemplate biopsychosocial variables, with the aim of a comprehensive improvement in the quality of life of people with these disorders.

Keywords : functional gastrointestinal disorders; perceived quality of life; psychological factors; irritable bowel syndrome; Argentina.

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