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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
Year: 2012
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.
Description: Other authors Dian-Ju Kang,1,3 Shu-Zhen Qi,4 Hai-Yan Wu,5 Yan-Chun Liu,6 Li-Jun Sun,7 Li Li,8 Ying Yang,9 Qing Li,10 Xiang-Xian Feng,11 Li-Qin Zhang,12 Jie Li,13 Xiao-Li Li,14 Yun Yang,15 Mayinuer Niyazi,16 Ai-Di Xu,17 Jia-Hua Liu,18 Qing Xiao,19 Lian-Kun Li,20 Xin-Zheng Wang,21 and You-Lin Qiaocorresponding author1
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-153
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