Depressive symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis of comparative studies

Qing-E Zhang, Fei Wang, Geng Qin, Wei Zheng, Chee H. Ng, Gabor S. Ungvari, Zhen Yuan, Songli Mei, Gang Wang, Yu-Tao Xiang

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Depression is common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the reported prevalence across different studies is inconsistent. This meta-analysis systematically examined the presence and severity of depressive symptoms in patients with IBS. Two investigators independently performed a literature search. The pooled depressive symptom severity was calculated using a random effects model. Subgroup, sensitivity and meta-regression analyses were conducted to examine the moderating factors of the development of depressive symptoms. Twenty four studies (n=2,837) comparing depressive symptoms between IBS patients (n=1,775) and healthy controls (n=1,062) were identified; 14 (58.3%) studies were rated as high quality. Compared to healthy controls, IBS patients had more frequent (OR=9.21, 95% CI: 4.56-18.57, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1504-1512
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2018

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