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A Swedish version of a quality of life questionnaire for partners of men with symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Urology . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Urology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, ISSN 0036-5599, E-ISSN 1651-2065, Vol. 42, no 2, 126-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Little is known about the quality of life experienced by the partners of men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction (BPO). The aims of this study were to translate a specific quality of life questionnaire for partners to patients with benign prostatic enlargement (BPE)/BPO to swedish and to test its reliability and responsiveness. A secondary aim was to evaluate the impact the patients' urinary symptoms have on their partners' specific quality of life.

Material and methods: This study was conducted using two groups: a reliability partner group; and a responsiveness/evaluation partner group. Both groups consisted of the partners of patients on the waiting list for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). The reliability of the quality of life questionnaire for the partners of men with BPE/BPO was tested in 51 partners, with a test-retest interval of 5 weeks. The partners' specific quality of life and the responsiveness of the questionnaire were evaluated in 51 partners by administering the questionnaire before and 3 months after the patient's TURP.

Results: At the test-retest, the Spearman's rank correlation coefficient for each question varied between 0.59 and 0.86 and Cronbach's was 0.80. Partners were affected by the patients' BPO symptoms. Compassion, worry about cancer and worry about an operation were the aspects of the specific quality of life that affected most partners (92%, 77% and 65%, respectively), whereas effects on spare time and household activities affected fewer partners: 35% and 24%, respectively. The specific quality of life among partners improved significantly after the patient's TURP.

Conclusions: The Swedish version of a partner-specific quality of life questionnaire for men with LUTS suggestive of BPE/BPO had an acceptable reliability and responsiveness. Partners are affected by the patients' symptoms, and it is emotional rather than practical aspects which most affect them.

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Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 42, no 2, 126-131 p.
Keyword [en]
Benign prostatic enlargement; benign prostatic obstruction; lower urinary tract symptoms; transurethral resection of the prostate; partner; quality of life; questionnaire; urinary symptoms
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Urology and Nephrology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15943DOI: 10.1080/00365590701725698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15943DiVA: diva2:128424
Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Sleep and quality of life in men with lower urinary tract symptoms: and their partners
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sleep and quality of life in men with lower urinary tract symptoms: and their partners
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Aims: The overall aim was to determine how lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) affect sleep, health related quality of life and disease specific quality of life, and how the men’s urinary symptoms affect their partners.

Subjects and methods: In papers I–II, a descriptive design with a pre-test and post-test was used and in papers III-IV the design was descriptive and comparative. The method was self-administered questionnaires. In papers I- II: The questionnaires were translated in the ethnographic mode. In paper I the reliability of the questionnaire was tested in 122 patients with LUTS/ BPO. The disease specific quality of life was studied before and after intervention in 572 consecutive patients with BPO, aged 45-94 yrs. In paper II, the partner specific quality of life was studied in partners to men with BPO before and after TURP. The reliability and the responsiveness of the questionnaire were tested in two groups with 51 partners each. Papers III-IV: A study of 239 men with LUTS, aged 45-80 yrs, and their partners (n=126) who were compared to randomly selected men from the population (n=213) and their partners (n=131). The men had an extra control group, men with inguinal hernia (n=200). Sleep and health related quality of life was studied in both men and their partners. The partners’ specific quality of life was also studied and the men with LUTS answered questions about urinary symptoms and disease specific quality of life.

Results: Papers I-II: All the tested questionnaires showed an acceptable reliability and responsiveness. I: Before and after intervention the prevalence of urinary incontinence was 46 % and 16 % respectively. II: Partners were affected by the patients’ BPO symptoms before and improved after the patients TURPs. III: Most sleep variables were significantly impaired in men with LUTS compared to one or both of the control groups. The men with LUTS had a significantly higher prevalence of insomnia (40 %) than both control groups and significantly lower sleep efficiency (49 %) than men with hernia. The men with LUTS were significantly impaired in most domains of the health related quality of life compared to men in the population. IV: There were no significant differences between the two partner groups regarding the quantity and quality of sleep or the health related quality of life.

Conclusions: All tested questionnaires showed an acceptable reliability and responsiveness.

The prevalence of urinary incontinence before and after intervention was higher than earlier reported.

Men with LUTS had significantly poorer sleep quality, reduced sleep efficiency and a higher prevalence of insomnia than men in the population and men with inguinal hernia.

The HRQOL is impaired in men with LUTS compared to men in the population and men with inguinal hernia.

Partners are affected by the patients’ symptoms, and it is emotional rather than practical aspects that affect them most.

Partners of men with LUTS did not differ significantly from partners in the population with regard to sleep and health related quality of life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 80 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1092
Keyword
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Benign prostatic obstruction, Disease specific quality of life, Health related quality of life, Inguinal hernia, Insomnia, Lower urinary tract symptoms, Population, Sleep disorders, Sleep quality
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Urology and Nephrology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15946 (URN)978-91-7393-724-5 (ISBN)
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2009-01-30, Berzeliussalen, Campus US, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2009-08-21Bibliographically approved

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