Prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its Association with Perceived Stress Level among Nursing Students at The International Islamic University Malaysia


  • Sinan Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mahmood



Prevalence, Irritable bowel syndrome, Perceived stress level


Objective: This study aims to determine the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and its association with perceived stress levels among nursing students at the International Islamic University Malaysia. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used in this study. A three-part questionnaire was used to gather data on stress levels and IBS symptoms. Part A posed questions on socio-demographic aspects. In part B, a Perceived Stress Scale was used to measure individuals’ perceived stress. Part C used a questionnaire developed by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) with the support of Danone. Results: The response rate was 85.5%: out of 200 students, 171 completed the questionnaires. According to the results, there is a significant relationship between stress levels and IBS (p = 0.006), where students who experienced moderate stress (151, 88.3%) were more exposed to IBS (60, 39.7%). There is no association between the characteristics of subjects with IBS and their level of stress (P > 0.05). Conclusion: The prevalence of IBS among the students in this study was roughly moderate. The frequency of moderate stress levels was high and there was a significant association with IBS. On the other hand, subject characteristics, e.g. smoking habits, were insignificantly associated with IBS and stress level (SL).


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How to Cite

Al-Mahmood, S. M. A. (2018). Prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its Association with Perceived Stress Level among Nursing Students at The International Islamic University Malaysia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARE SCHOLARS, 1(2), 9–12.