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Table 1 IPQ-R subscales from the domain “beliefs” and their interpretation

From: Illness perception and health care use in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome: results from an online survey

Dimensions of 2nd domain (“beliefs”) Interpretation
Time course The higher the value, the more chronic the IBS.
Consequences The higher the value, the more consequences of IBS.
Personal control The higher the value, the better the personal control about IBS symptoms.
Treatment control The higher the value, the better the treatment response.
Coherence The higher the value, the more comprehensible the IBS.
Cyclic occurrence The higher the value, the more periodic the occurrence of IBS.
Emotional representation The higher the value, the more emotional strain caused by IBS.
  1. The term “irritable bowel syndrome” was used instead of “illness” in the original questionnaire