The national prevalence of disorders of gut brain interaction in the United Kingdom in comparison to their worldwide prevalence: Results from the Rome foundation global epidemiology study Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractBackgroundThere are minimal epidemiological data comparing the burden of disorders of gut brain interaction (DGBI) in the UK with other countries. We compared the prevalence of DGBI in the UK with other countries that participated in the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Study (RFGES) online.MethodsParticipants from 26 countries completed the RFGES survey online including the Rome IV diagnostic questionnaire and an in‐depth supplemental questionnaire with questions about dietary habits. UK sociodemographic and prevalence data were compared with the other 25 countries pooled together.Key ResultsThe proportion of participants with at least one DGBI was lower in UK participants compared with in the other 25 countries (37.6% 95% CI 35.5%–39.7% vs. 41.2%; 95% CI 40.8%–41.6%, p = 0.001). The UK prevalence of 14 of 22 Rome IV DGBI, including irritable bowel syndrome (4.3%) and functional dyspepsia (6.8%), was similar to the other countries. Fecal incontinence, opioid‐induced constipation, chronic nausea and vomiting, and cannabinoid hyperemesis (p < 0.05) were more prevalent in the UK. Cyclic vomiting, functional constipation, unspecified functional bowel disorder, and proctalgia fugax (p < 0.05) were more prevalent in the other 25 countries. Diet in the UK population consisted of higher consumption of meat and milk (p < 0.001), and lower consumption of rice, fruit, eggs, tofu, pasta, vegetables/legumes, and fish (p < 0.001).Conclusions and InferencesThe prevalence and burden of DGBI is consistently high in the UK and in the rest of the world. Opioid prescribing, cultural, dietary, and lifestyle factors may contribute to differences in the prevalence of some DGBI between the UK and other countries.


  • Jaafari, Hussain
  • Houghton, Lesley A
  • West, Robert M
  • Agrawal, Anurag
  • Aziz, Imran
  • Black, Christopher J
  • Corsetti, Maura
  • Shuweihdi, Farag
  • Eugenicos, Maria
  • Paine, Peter A
  • Ford, Alexander C
  • Whorwell, Peter J
  • Bangdiwala, Shrikant
  • Palsson, Olafur S
  • Sperber, Ami D
  • Vasant, Dipesh H

publication date

  • June 2023