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The influence of demographic and disease-related factors on health-related quality of life in patients with ulcerative colitis
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
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2003 (English)In: European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepathology, ISSN 0954-691X, E-ISSN 1473-5687, Vol. 15, no 9, 1011-1020 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aims of this study were to analyse the health-related quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis and to assess in what way demographic and disease-related factors influence patients' experiences of this, in order to interpret the results of health-related quality of life assessment more correctly.

Patients and methods: We carried out a cross-sectional evaluation of 300 consecutive patients with ulcerative colitis from the catchment areas of Linköping University Hospital and Örebro University Hospital in Sweden. Health-related quality of life was measured using four questionnaires: the IBDQ, the RFIPC, the SF-36 and the PGWB. Disease activity was evaluated using a one-week symptom diary, blood tests and rigid sigmoidoscopy. Demographic factors (gender, age, civil status, educational level), disease-related factors (disease duration, disease extent, disease activity) and presence of co-morbidity were obtained.

Results: Health-related quality of life was mainly impaired in the psychological and social areas and to a much lesser degree in physical areas. Patients with relapse had significantly more disease-related worries and concerns (the RFIPC), more impaired social functioning (the IBDQ and SF-36), and a lower feeling of well being (the IBDQ, the SF-36 and the PGWB). However, their physical function (SF-36) was no worse than patients in remission. Besides the symptom burden of the current disease, co-morbidity and female gender were associated with a lower health-related quality of life.

Conclusion: To correctly interpret health-related quality of life assessments, it is necessary to consider co-morbidity and gender distribution in addition to the symptom burden of the disease studied.

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2003. Vol. 15, no 9, 1011-1020 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26358DOI: 10.1097/00042737-200309000-00012Local ID: 10892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26358DiVA: diva2:246907
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. A strategy for health assessment: the case of ulcerative colitis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A strategy for health assessment: the case of ulcerative colitis
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The importance of a patient's experience of disease impact on daily life and well-being (health-related quality of life (HRQOL)) is broadly acknowledged. Scepticism still remains about how HRQOL should be measured and the usefulness of standardised HRQOL questionnaires in medical research and everyday clinical practice. The lack of definitions, and the unclear relationship between disease activity and HRQOL makes it difficult to interpret results.

The main purpose of this thesis was to determine a strategy for health assessment that is useful in daily practise and meaningful for clinicians and patients. The results are based on measurements of HRQOL and disease activity in a total of 511 patients with ulcerative colitis.

The first aim of this thesis was to identify the major health dimensions and study their relationship in order to determine a strategy for health assessment. Based on theoretical reasoning and the pattern of association between measures of different areas of health status, the health concept was arranged into two categories, disease activity and HRQOL. Disease activity was further divided into biological variables and symptoms, and HRQOL into fimction, disease-related worry, and general well being. There was a poor association between these health dimensions. Measurement of health status is therefore better understood if it is divided into and interpreted as separate dimensions. It is then possible to see which dimensions are impaired and changes that have occurred.

The second aim was to evaluate two disease-specific HRQOL questionnaires, the RFIPC and the IBDQ in Swedish patients with ulcerative colitis. The RFIPC was found to be a valid, reliable and responsive measure of disease-related worry and concern. The IBDQ had external validity and was shown to be a reliable and responsive measure of HRQOL. There are however some concerns regarding the internal validity of the IBDQ. The use of an overall sum score was not supported and the original four IBDQ dimensions showed considerable overlap.

The third aim was to study HRQOL in patients with ulcerative colitis and analyse the influence of disease-related and demographic factors. Patients in remission reported a health-related quality of life similar to that of a Swedish background population. Patients with an ongoing relapse showed a considerable impairment in all health dimensions except physical function compared to patients in remission. Besides the current disease activity, co-existing disease and female gender was found to weigh heavily on the HRQOL. These factors must therefore be taken into account when interpreting and comparing HRQOL results.

The fourth aim was to develop and evaluate a new abbreviated measure of subjective health status. The construction of this new measure was based on a previously developed strategy where the health concept is divided into five main dimensions. Each of the dimensions for symptoms, fimction, disease-related worry and general well-being were covered by one item. This new four-item questionnaire, the Short Health Scale (SHS) was shown to be a valid and sensitive measure of subjective health status in ulcerative colitis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2003. 72 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 767
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26654 (URN)11219 (Local ID)91-7373-524-8 (ISBN)11219 (Archive number)11219 (OAI)
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2003-01-17, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-09-25Bibliographically approved

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