Sleep and specific quality of life (QOL) in partners of men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) compared with partners to men from the population
2008 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Objective: To determine whether there are significant differences in sleep, partner specific and health related quality of life between partners of men with LUTS suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) and partners of men from the population. Secondly, to identify factors related to the specific quality of life in partners of men with LUTS and the sleep efficiency.
Subjects and methods: The study designs were descriptive and comparative. The subjects were partners of men with LUTS suggestive of BPO (n=126) referred to departments of urology at one university and two general hospitals and partners (n=131) of randomly selected men from the general population. Self-administered questionnaires about demography, comorbidity, sleep, sexuality, partner specific and health related quality of life were used.
Results: Partners to men with LUTS suggestive of BPO were significantly more affected in all variables measuring partner specific quality of life compared to partners from the population. The most impaired aspects were compassion and worry about an operation or cancer.
In logistic regression, the only explanatory factors were having a partner belonging to the LUTS group for impaired partner specific quality of life and having a bed partner for high sleep efficiency.
There were no significant differences between the two groups regarding the quantity andquality of sleep or the health related quality of life.
Conclusions: The partner specific quality of life was impaired in partners of men with LUTS suggestive of BPO. Sleep and health related quality of life did not differ between partners of men with LUTS and partners in the population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Insomnia, Lower urinary tract symptoms, Partner, Quality of life, Sleep disorders
National CategoryUrology and Nephrology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15945DiVA: diva2:128428