Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 217-223

A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Sajjad M. Al Haddad, Abdulhadi A. Al-Omran, Qusai A Al- Omran.

ABSTRACT

Background: Physicians must know constipation perception and constipation misperception (CM) of patients. CM can be defined as a failure to identify the six symptoms of constipation, including infrequency, straining, hard stool, incomplete evacuation, anorectal obstruction, or manual maneuver. The current study aimed to recognize the prevalence of CM among adults and its relationship with demographics and other clinical features. Methodology: The study included 385 self-reported constipated subjects. The prevalence of CM for each constipation symptom was estimated, and the participants were classified into nil (0), low (1-2), mid (3-4), and high (5-6) level CM subgroups according to the number of misperceived symptoms. Results: Highest rate of CM was observed for manual maneuver (46.5%), followed by an anorectal obstruction (43.9%), stool infrequency (36.6%), incomplete evacuation (21.6%), hard stool (22.8%), and straining (21.4%). Among the nil (24.4%), low (44.2%), mid (16.6%), and high-level (14.8%) subgroups, there were significant differences in body mass index and range of symptoms experienced at the statistical significance of <0.05. Conclusion: The study showed that adults with self-reported constipation had a different perception of constipation. A substantial portion had a varying degree of CM, significantly associated with body mass index and the range of symptoms experienced. The results can help in educating patients in clinical practice or developing programs to increase public awareness about constipation. Recognizing and including the results in clinical practice will improve the quality of management for constipated patients.

Keywords:
Constipation, perception, constipation misperception, Al-Ahsa


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A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia


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Sajjad M Al Haddad
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulhadi A Al-Omran
College of Medicine, Al Farabi College, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Qusai A Al- Omran
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Sajjad M. Al Haddad, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.; Sajjad-smith@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 30 Nov 2020
Accepted 19 Dec 2020
Published online 28 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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Haddad SMA, Al-Omran AA, Omran QAA. A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


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Haddad SMA, Al-Omran AA, Omran QAA. A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=16433 [Access: February 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


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Haddad SMA, Al-Omran AA, Omran QAA. A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


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Haddad SMA, Al-Omran AA, Omran QAA. A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited February 25, 2021]; 5(1): 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


Harvard Style

Haddad, S. M. A., Al-Omran, . A. A. & Omran, . Q. A. A. (2021) A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (1), 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


Turabian Style

Haddad, Sajjad M. Al, Abdulhadi A. Al-Omran, and Qusai A Al- Omran. 2021. A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


Chicago Style

Haddad, Sajjad M. Al, Abdulhadi A. Al-Omran, and Qusai A Al- Omran. "A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Haddad, Sajjad M. Al, Abdulhadi A. Al-Omran, and Qusai A Al- Omran. "A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 217-223. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Haddad, S. M. A., Al-Omran, . A. A. & Omran, . Q. A. A. (2021) A cross-sectional study assessing the perception of constipation among adult population, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 217-223. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606759209


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