Exploring the Relationship Between Self-Isolation and Distress Among People with Gastrointestinal Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic
journal contributionposted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Antonina Mikocka-WalusAntonina Mikocka-Walus, David SkvarcDavid Skvarc, M B de Acosta, F B Evertsz, C N Bernstein, J Burisch, N Ferreira, R B Gearry, L A Graff, S Jedel, A Mokrowiecka, A Stengel, I A Trindade, M A L van Tilburg, S R Knowles
This study aimed to explore the association between perceived isolation and symptoms of distress in people with GI disorders at the time of the pandemic; and to examine factors which moderate this relationship. This online cross-sectional survey was advertised in May–September 2020 via patient organisations and associated social media. Overall, 831 people (82% female, mean age 49 years) from 27 countries participated. A significant relationship between social isolation and psychological distress was noted (r =.525, p <.001). GI symptoms moderated the association between isolation and distress (B =.047, t = 2.47, p =.015). Interventions targeting these factors may help to reduce distress in people with GI disorders at the time of major stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.