Impact of depression and anxiety on the quality of life of constipated patients

Jenna J. Albiani, Stacey L. Hart, Laura Katz, Julia Berian, Amanda Del Rosario, Janet Lee, Madhulika Varma

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Abstract

Constipation negatively affects quality of life (QOL), however, the specific mechanisms through which this relationship occurs are unclear. The present study examined anxiety and depression as potential mediators of the relationship between constipation severity and QOL in a sample of 142 constipated patients. Results indicated that depression symptom severity mediated the relationship between constipation severity and mental health-related QOL. For patients meeting diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, indirect effects were observed in the relationship between constipation severity and both physical and mental health-related QOL. Anxiety did not contribute to this model. Treating depression may be useful in improving QOL in severely constipated patients, which highlights the importance of psychological screening and treatment referrals in primary care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-132
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Quality of life (QOL)

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    Albiani, J. J., Hart, S. L., Katz, L., Berian, J., Del Rosario, A., Lee, J., & Varma, M. (2013). Impact of depression and anxiety on the quality of life of constipated patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20(1), 123-132. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10880-012-9306-3