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Qual Life Res. 2011 Nov;20(9):1469-75. doi: 10.1007/s11136-011-9889-4. Epub 2011 Mar 23.

BSRS-5 (5-item Brief Symptom Rating Scale) scores affect every aspect of quality of life measured by WHOQOL-BREF in healthy workers.

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Department of Occupational Medicine, E-Da Hospital, No. 1, Yida Road, Yanchao District, Kaohsiung City, 82445, Taiwan.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study aims to evaluate and quantify the possible effect of psychological symptoms on healthy workers' quality of life (QOL).

METHODS:

The workers were recruited from a factory in south Taiwan. We assessed their psychological symptoms with a 5-item brief symptom rating scale (BSRS-5) and measured the QOL using the Taiwanese version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL)-BREF. Multiple linear regression analysis was conducted to explore the association between the two tools after control of confounding by other predictors.

RESULTS:

A total of 1,080 workers, who attended a physical examination, completed questionnaires and informed consent forms. Scores on the BSRS-5 significantly predicted scores in each domain and items of the WHOQOL-BREF. The magnitude of psychological domain score seemed to be affected the most; every 1 point increase in BSRS-5 was associated with a 0.39 raw score (equivalent to 2.44 percentile) decrease in QOL. The sleep facet of WHOQOL appeared to have the highest association, followed by items of negative feelings, energy, and concentration.

CONCLUSIONS:

The BSRS-5 score is predictive for scores of all four domains and 26 items of the Taiwanese version of the WHOQOL-BREF for regular factory workers.

PMID:
21431460
PMCID:
PMC3199547
DOI:
10.1007/s11136-011-9889-4
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