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Table 3 Significant between gender differences on six items of the IBS-QOL questionnaire

From: Intestinal symptoms and psychological factors jointly affect quality of life of patients with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea

Item Male (N = 133) Female (N = 94) p value*
Q2 I am embarrassed by the smell caused by my bowel problems 81.39 ± 21.81 72.87 ± 30.16 0.029
Q17 I worry that people think I exaggerate my bowel problems 84.21 ± 26.29 75.00 ± 31.75 0.018
Q21 My bowel problems limit what I call wear 92.67 ± 19.65 78.72 ± 32.78 0.000
Q22 I have to avoid strenuous activity because of my bowel problems 81.95 ± 25.44 73.40 ± 32.13 0.026
Q27 Long trips are difficult for me because of my bowel problems 68.61 ± 33.28 55.05 ± 37.13 0.004
Q28 I feel frustrated that I cannot eat when I want because of my bowel problems 65.98 ± 31.73 57.18 ± 34.71 0.049
  1. *Males vs. females.