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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|
|Categories:||Causes & Exposures - Sexual activity|
Causes & Exposures - Viruses (non-HPV)
Population Groups - International
Statistical & Methodological Research - Incidence & Mortality
|Keywords:||analysis; China; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; methods; Quality of Life; Women|
|Journal Title:||BMC Public Health|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Articles|
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