Original Articles

Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 129-134

GSRS—A clinical rating scale for gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease

  • Jan SvedlundAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, and Division of Gastroenterology, Medical Department II, Sahlgren Hospital, University of GöteborgDepartment of Psychiatry, Region Hospital, University of Linköping
  • , Ingemar SjödinAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, and Division of Gastroenterology, Medical Department II, Sahlgren Hospital, University of GöteborgDepartment of Psychiatry, Region Hospital, University of Linköping
  • , Gerhard DotevallAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, and Division of Gastroenterology, Medical Department II, Sahlgren Hospital, University of GöteborgDepartment of Psychiatry, Region Hospital, University of Linköping

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Abstract

An interview-based rating scale consisting of 15 items for assessment of gastrointestinal symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease has been developed. The interrater reliability was estimated by means of independent and simultaneous duplicate ratings by two raters in 20 cases and ranged from 0.86 to 1.00. The scale was easy to apply and proved to be useful in comparing the effectiveness of different modes of treatment in two clinical trials.

Key words

symptom rating clinical assessment treatment evaluation irritable bowel syndrome peptic ulcer disease