Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2009 Nov;18(2):281-288.

A Study on the Relationship between Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) and Nurses' Occupational Stress

  • 1Division of Welfare and Health, Wonkwang University, Korea. ckyoon@wku.ac.kr
  • 2Wonkwang University Hospital, Korea.


This study was to investigate the relationship between IBS and nurses' occupational stress. METHOD: We used the modified Rome III criteria to measure the relationship between IBS and nurses' occupational stress. This questionnaire is composed of 9 areas and 43 items related to the stress. We collected the data of 395 respondents from W hospital. The survey was done from July 10th to July 31th, 2009.
The morbidity of IBS showed 24.3%. It was significantly influenced by night shift, and hospital visits and medication because of abdominal discomfort for the past 6 months. The causes of the nurses' occupational stress, which influenced the difference between IBS and non-IBS group, were "conflict with doctors" "difficulties in human relationships" "dealing with guardians and patients." The IBS group's stress was higher that of the non-IBS group. Also 96.9% of the IBS group and 79.3% of the non-IBS group responded there was relationship between IBS and nurses occupational stress.
We found the relationship between IBS and nurses' occupational stress. And such stress could be reduced through the education about IBS.


Irritable bowel syndrome; Nurse; stress
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