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The use of data-mining to identify indicators of health related quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome

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2 Author(s)
Penny, K.I. ; Sch. of Accounting, Econ. & Stat., Edinburgh Napier Univ., Edinburgh, UK ; Smith, G.D.

Health-related quality of life can be adversely affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The aims of this study were to examine the health-related quality of life in a cohort of individuals with IBS and to determine which socio-demographic and IBS symptoms are independently associated with reduced health-related quality of life. Several data-mining models to determine which factors are associated with impaired health-related quality of life are considered in this study and include logistic regression, a classification tree and artificial neural networks. As well as severity of IBS symptoms, results indicate that psychological morbidity and socio-demographic factors such as marital status and employment status also have a major role to play.

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Information Technology Interfaces, 2009. ITI '09. Proceedings of the ITI 2009 31st International Conference on

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22-25 June 2009