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Am J Public Health. 1997 Jan;87(1):38-44.

Adaptive responses among Dutch elderly: the impact of eight chronic medical conditions on health-related quality of life.

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Northern Centre for Health Care Research, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study analyzed the impact of eight common chronic medical conditions on functional, social, and affective domains of health-related quality of life among community-based Dutch elderly (n = 5279).

METHODS:

Health-related quality of life was measured with six domains of the MOS Short-Form General Health Survey. The impact of the selected chronic conditions on health-related quality of life was analyzed by means of Student's t tests, analyses of variance, and multiple regression analyses.

RESULTS:

Compared with other domains of health-related quality of life, mental health was the least affected by chronic medical conditions. Back problems and rheumatoid arthritis/other joint complaints accounted for relatively high proportions of the variance in health-related quality of life (from 35.5% to 68.3%), except for health perceptions (22.6%), indicating that health-related quality of life is most affected by these two conditions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Subjective well-being is by far the domain least affected by chronic medical conditions, while physical functioning and health perceptions are most affected. Back problems and rheumatoid arthritis/other joint complaints affect health-related quality of life strongly.

PMID:
9065224
PMCID:
PMC1380762
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.87.1.38
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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