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Rhinology. 2007 Dec;45(4):268-72.

Impact of gender, age, and comorbidities on quality of life in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany. ingo.baumann@med.uni-heidelberg.de

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  • Rhinology. 2010 Mar;48(1):103.

Abstract

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM:

To evaluate the impact of gender, age and comorbidities of health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) assessments in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

METHODS:

The prospective administration of the German Adapted Version of the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test 20 (SNOT-20 GAV) to patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Two hundred and two patients with chronic rhinosinusitis filled out the questionnaire before functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and again at the 3-month follow-up.

MAIN RESULTS:

Gender had a significant impact on the Overall Score (OS) and on the General Quality of Life Score (GQOL) of the SNOT-20 GAV but no influence on the disease-specific scores of 'Primary Nasal Symptoms' (PNS) and 'Secondary Rhinogenous Symptoms' (SRS). Age did not influence HR-QOL. Patients with comorbidities demonstrated lower HR-QOL scores.

PRINCIPAL CONCLUSION:

Women had significantly poorer QOL scores than men. It seems that the influence of gender reflects general HR-QOL views rather than illness-related expectations.

PMID:
18085019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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