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Table 4 Health related quality of life, according to SF-36, at three, six and twelve months after the IBS school compared to baseline.

From: Development of an educational intervention for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a pilot study

Variable Baseline
(n = 12)
3 months
(n = 11)
6 months
(n = 12)
12 months
(n = 12)
  Median (IQR) Mean (SD) Median (IQR) Mean (SD) Median (IQR) Mean (SD) Median (IQR) Mean (SD)
MCS 32(21–42) 31(11) 44(33–55)* 41(16) 40(32–55)* 41(13) 36(21–54) 37(17)
PCS 37(32–42) 38(8) 42(33–47)* 41(9) 41(32–49) 40(10) 37(26–49) 37(13)
  1. SF-36 = Short Form-36, MCS = Mental component score, PCS = Physical Component score.
  2. * p < 0.05