TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin, vol.15, no.4, pp.293-297, 2016 (Scopus)
© GATA.Background/aim: The aim of the study was to find the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome among a group of university students and its associated factors. Materials and methods: The study was performed in five departments of Karadeniz Technical University between November 2011 and May 2012. The data was collected via a qustionnairre based on Rome III criteria. Questionnaire contains sociodemographic factors (11 questions), health habits and status (24 questions), Rome III questions and gastro-intestinal complaints (18 questions), nutrition habits (4 questions) of participants and Beck Depression Inventory. The associated factors were analyzed with logistic regression analysis. Results: The 13.2% of the students have Rome-III based irritable bowel syndrome. According to Beck Depression Inventory 11.0% students have depression. Female gender (OR[95%C.I.]) (2.7[1.7-4.2]), depression (2.9[1.9-4.5]) and studying in medicine (2.6[1.02-7.0]) were significant risk factors of irritable bowel syndrome. Conclusions: Irritable bowel syndrome is common among university students. Students with gastrointestinal complaints who are female, studying medicine and have depression should be examined in terms of irritable bowel syndrome.