Predictors of healthcare-seeking behavior among Chinese patients with irritable bowel syndrome
Wen-Juan Fan, Dong Xu, Min Chang, Li-Ming Zhu, Gui-Jun Fei, Xiao-Qing Li, Xiu-Cai Fang, Department of Gastroenterology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China
Dong Xu, Department of Gastroenterology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350005, Fujian Province, China
Author contributions: Fan WJ collected the data and wrote the manuscript; Xu D and Chang M collected the data; Zhu LM, Fei GJ and Li XQ consulted with the patients; Fang XC designed the study, consulted with the patients and critically revised the manuscript; all authors had final approval of the article.
Supported by the Program of International S&T Cooperation, No. 2014DFA31850; Project of the National Key Technologies R&D Program in the 11th Five Year Plan period, No. 2007BAI04B01; and National High-tech R&D Program (“863” Program, 2010AA023007), China.
Institutional review board statement: The observational study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Peking Union Medical College Hospital.
Informed consent statement: Parts of study participants provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment and other patients orally consented to participate the study after informed.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors of the manuscript have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Data sharing statement: We have submitted an article “Analysis of symptomatic characteristics of patients with irritable bowel syndrome in China” with the same database to Chinese Journal of General Practitioners, which has been published on 2017, 16(9): 668-671.
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Correspondence to: Xiu-Cai Fang, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, #1, Shuaifuyuan, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100730, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: August 2, 2017
Peer-review started: August 4, 2017
First decision: August 30, 2017
Revised: September 13, 2017
Accepted: October 18, 2017
Article in press: October 19, 2017
Published online: November 14, 2017