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Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016 May 20;10:879-85. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S86612. eCollection 2016.

Anxiety and depression correlate with disease and quality-of-life parameters in Chinese patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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1
Department of Nursing, Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, People's Republic of China.
2
School of Nursing, Nantong University, Nantong, People's Republic of China; Department of Nursing, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, People's Republic of China.
3
Department of Rheumatology, Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, People's Republic of China.
4
Department of Nursing, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the relationship between mental and physical health in Chinese patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to identify the predictors of psychological status.

METHODS:

Patients with AS (n=103) and healthy controls (n=121) were surveyed between 2010 and 2011 (cross-sectional study). The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index, pain visual analog scale, Health Assessment Questionnaire, revised Self-Rating Anxiety Scale, revised Self-Rating Depression Scale, and Short-Form 36 questionnaire were administered.

RESULTS:

The frequency of anxiety and depression in patients with AS was higher than that in healthy controls (P<0.001). Severe disease status and reduced quality of life (QoL) were associated with anxiety and depression. Disease activity and somatic pain were more severe in the anxious and depressed subgroups. Impaired physical functioning (assessed by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index) was higher in the anxious and depressed subgroups, while measures of spinal mobility (assessed by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index) were not associated with depression. Lower QoL was observed in the depressed subgroup.

CONCLUSION:

Low socioeconomic status, lack of health insurance, and fatigue contributed to depression in Chinese patients with AS. These patients may require a psychological care approach that is different from those of other countries.

KEYWORDS:

ankylosing spondylitis; disease activity; psychological status; quality of life

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