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Qualitative study—other
Uncovering male and female experiences of irritable bowel syndrome
  1. Graeme D Smith
  1. School of Health in Social Science, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Graeme D Smith, School of Health in Social Science, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh EH11 4BN, UK; gd.smith{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • A more gender sensitive approach in the healthcare setting could increase understanding of patients’ experience of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Intervention studies from a person centred, gender-sensitive perspective should be conducted.


IBS is a common, chronic functional bowel disorder characterised by altered bowel function, with lower abdominal pain or discomfort and associated with high levels of psychosocial morbidity.1 IBS is experienced by more women than men, but there is poor understanding of what differences exist, if any, between men …

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