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Laryngoscope. 2009 Jan;119(1):184-9. doi: 10.1002/lary.20034.

The health and resource utilization of Canadians with chronic rhinosinusitis.

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Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. kimacdon@dal.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the impact of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) on the physical and mental health and health-resource utilization of Canadians.

STUDY DESIGN:

Cross-sectional.

METHODS:

Data from the detailed health portion of cycle 3 (1998-1999) of the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), which involved 17,000 Canadians, were used to evaluate Canadians with self-reported CRS.

RESULTS:

NPHS data confirmed lower mental and physical health, with CRS sufferers being almost three times more likely to report their health as poor (4.6% vs. 1.7%). Health Utility Index data identified a significant decline in the mental health of patients with CRS, which was associated with more depression (8.4% vs. 4.1%), more antidepressant use (9.1% vs. 4.6%), and more visits to mental-health professionals (11.8% vs. 7.0%).

CONCLUSIONS:

CRS significantly affects both physical and mental health. The mental impact of CRS remains largely unrecognized and should be of greater focus during patient care and in further research.

PMID:
19117310
DOI:
10.1002/lary.20034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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