Perceived vulnerability to illness in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome.
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) differ from other individuals in their perceived lifetime risk of an unrelated medical condition. METHOD: A questionnaire was used to assess worry about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and perceived future risk of developing the condition in individuals with IBS and controls following a media scare concerning DVT. RESULTS: Individuals with IBS reported higher perceived lifetime risk of DVT than did healthy controls or...Expand abstract
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