Epidemiology of disorders of gut-brain interaction in Belgium and differences between two language groups: results from the Rome foundation global epidemiology study

Bert Broeders, Elise Devolder, Michael Jones, Magnus Simrén, Shrikant I. Bangdiwala, Ami D. Sperber, Olafur S. Palsson, Jan Tack*

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Abstract

Background: The Rome Foundation carried out a worldwide epidemiology study on DGBI according to the Rome IV criteria in 33 countries, including Belgium. DGBI prevalence varied between continents and countries, but prevalence differences within language groups in a single country have not yet been described. Methods: We analyzed the prevalence rates of 18 DGBI and their psychosocial impact in Belgium in the French and Dutch language groups. Key Results: DGBI prevalence was similar in the French-speaking and Dutch-speaking population. Having one or more DGBI was negatively associated with psychosocial well-being. The scores for depression were lower in the Dutch-speaking participants with one or more DGBI compared to the French-speaking participants. Interestingly, we also found significantly lower scores in the general Dutch-speaking versus the French-speaking population for depression and non-gastrointesinal somatic symptoms, and higher global physical health and mental health quality-of-life component scores. In the Dutch-speaking group, medication use for gastric acid was lower, but use of prescribed analgesics was more common. Nevertheless, the use of non-prescribed pain medication was higher in the French-speaking group. Anxiety and sleep medication use was also higher in the latter group. Conclusions & Interferences: The results of this first in-depth analysis of Rome IV DGBI in Belgium show a higher prevalence for some DGBI in the French-speaking cohort, and a larger associated disease burden. These differences between language/culture groups in the same country support the psychosocial pathophysiological model of DGBI.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14588
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalNeurogastroenterology and Motility
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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Keywords

  • Belgium
  • disorders of gut-brain interaction
  • Dutch-and French-speaking population
  • epidemiology
  • functional dyspepsia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rome IV diagnostic criteria

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