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Table 4 Associations between poor self-rated health, impaired functional capacity and number of gastrointestinal symptom complexes

From: Self-rated health and functional capacity in individuals reporting overlapping symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome - a population based study

  Total cohort Men Women
   20–49 years ≥50 years 20–49 years ≥50 years
Odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) of poor self-rated health of the total cohort and stratified on age and gender
 One symptom complex (either GERD, FD or IBS) 1 1 1 1 1
 Two symptom complexes (FD + GERD, FD + IBS or GERD + IBS) 1.87 (1.69–2.08) 1.62 (1.22–2.15) 1.76 (1.43–2.17) 2.52 (2.06–3.09) 1.59 (1.33–1.90)
 Three symptom complexes (FD + GERD + IBS) 4.19 (3.59–4.88) 4.36 (2.00–6.33) 3.96 (2.84–5.53) 5.25 (3.87–7.13) 3.59 (2.78–4.63)
Odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) of impaired functional capacity of the total cohort and stratified on age and gender
 One symptom complex (either GERD, FD or IBS) 1 1 1 1 1
 Two symptom complexes (FD + GERD, FD + IBS or GERD + IBS 1.93 (1.66–2.24) 2.01 (1.32–3.06) 1.57 (1.17–2.12) 2.47 (1.87–3.27) 1.77 (1.36–2.29)
 Three symptom complexes (FD + GERD + IBS) 3.27 (2.68–3.97) 4.08 (2.48–6.72) 3.31 (2.23–4.93) 4.49 (3.11–6.49) 2.30 (1.61–3.27)
  1. Poor self-related health is categorised as ‘Fair’ and ‘Poor’. Impaired functional capacity is categorised as ‘No’, and ‘Almost never’
  2. GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease, FD functional dyspepsia, IBS irritable bowel syndrome