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Title: Impact of genital warts on health related quality of life in men and women in mainland China: a multicenter hospital-based cross-sectional study
Authors: Shi JF; Feng XX; Zhang LQ; Li J; Li XL; Yang Y; Niyazi M; Xu AD; Liu JH; Xiao Q; Li LK; Kang DJ; Wang XZ; Qiao YL; Qi SZ; Wu HY; Liu YC; Sun LJ; Li L; Li Q
Keywords: analysis; China; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; methods; Quality of Life; Women
Year: 2012
Journal Title: BMC Public Health
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Page number start: 153
Abstract: ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Information on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with genital warts (GW) in populations in mainland China is still limited. The aim of the study was to use a generic instrument to measure the impact of genital warts on HRQoL in men and women in this setting. METHODS: A multi-centre hospital-based cross-sectional study across 18 centers in China was conducted to interview patients using the European quality of life-5 dimension (EQ-5D) instrument; respondents' demographic and clinical data were also collected. RESULTS: A total of 1,358 GW patients (612 men, 746 women) were included in the analysis, with a mean age of 32.0 +/- 10.6 years. 56.4% of the patients reported some problems in the dimension of Anxiety/Depression (highest), followed by Pain/Discomfort (24.7%) and Mobility (3.5%). The overall visual analogue scale (VAS) score of the study population was found to be 65.2 +/- 22.0, and the EQ-5D index score was found to be 0.843 +/- 0.129 using Japanese preference weights (the Chinese preference was unavailable yet). Patients with lower VAS means and EQ-5D index scores were more often female, living in urban area, and suffering multiple GW (all p values <0.05), but the values did not differ notably by age (p values >0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The HRQoL of patients with GW was substantially lower, compared to a national representative general population in China (VAS = ~80); the findings of different subgroups are informative for future GW prevention and control efforts
Programme: Epi Mod Screen
Division: Cancer Research Division
Funding Body: The study was funded by MSD China
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-153
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