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Quality of Life Research

Aideen Maguire, John Moriarty, Dermot O'Reilly, Mark McCann
PURPOSE: Educational attainment has been shown to be positively associated with mental health and a potential buffer to stressful events. One stressful life event likely to affect everyone in their lifetime is bereavement. This paper assesses the effect of educational attainment on mental health post-bereavement. METHODS: By utilising large administrative datasets, linking Census returns to death records and prescribed medication data, we analysed the bereavement exposure of 208,332 individuals aged 25-74 years...
October 21, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Josep L Conde-Sala, Cristina Portellano-Ortiz, Laia Calvó-Perxas, Josep Garre-Olmo
PURPOSE: To analyse the clinical, sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors that influence perceived quality of life (QoL) in a community sample of 33,241 people aged 65+ and to examine the relationship with models of social welfare in Europe. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of data from Wave 5 (2013) of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The instruments used in the present study were as follows: sociodemographic data, CASP-12 (QoL), EURO-D (depression), indicators of life expectancy and suicide (WHO), and economic indicators (World Bank)...
October 20, 2016: Quality of Life Research
O Laporta-Hoyos, J Ballester-Plané, P Póo, A Macaya, M Meléndez-Plumed, E Vázquez, I Delgado, L Zubiaurre-Elorza, V L Botellero, A Narberhaus, E Toro-Tamargo, D Segarra, R Pueyo
PURPOSE: Quality of life (QOL) is a key outcome for people with cerebral palsy (CP), and executive functioning is an important predictor of QOL in other health-related conditions. Little is known about this association in CP or about its neural substrate. We aim to analyze the influence of executive functioning (including cognitive flexibility) as well as that of other psychological, motor, communication and socioeconomic variables on QOL and to identify neuroanatomical areas related to QOL in adolescents and adults with CP...
October 20, 2016: Quality of Life Research
K L Haywood, J Brett, E Tutton, S Staniszewska
PURPOSE: Hip fracture is the most common serious injury of older people, often resulting in reduced mobility and loss of independence. However, guidance for the use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) does not exist: we describe the first review to apply internationally endorsed criteria in support of PROM quality and acceptability in this group, and make recommendations for future applications. METHODS: Systematic literature searches of major databases (1980-2015) to identify published evidence of the application and quality of clearly defined measures...
October 20, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Amanda Whittal, Katja Hanke, Sonia Lippke
BACKGROUND: Increased immigration requires successful interaction of different cultures in various life domains, such as health. This study investigates acculturation orientation (AO) of immigrant patients and doctors native to the country, as a potential factor related to perceived medical advice adherence. DATA AND METHODS: N = 171 immigrant patients (M = 54.38 years, SD = 17.94, range = 23-96, 74.3 % female) and their N = 12 doctors (M = 38.88 years, SD = 13...
October 19, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Patrick W Sullivan, Vahram H Ghushchyan, Gary Globe, Brandon Sucher
BACKGROUND: Systemic corticosteroids (SCS) are commonly used but are associated with adverse effects. Given their prevalent use, the potential impact of SCS use on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is important to characterize. OBJECTIVE: To assess the HRQoL of patients taking SCS. METHODS: The 2000-2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey was used to examine EQ-5D and SF-6D scores associated with SCS use in adults. The study sample was restricted to those with a condition for which SCS are prescribed...
October 18, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Stephen Shannon, Gavin Breslin, Ben Fitzpatrick, Donncha Hanna, Deirdre Brennan
BACKGROUND: Kidscreen-27 was developed as part of a cross-cultural European Union-funded project to standardise the measurement of children's health-related quality of life. Yet, research has reported mixed evidence for the hypothesised 5-factor model, and no confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) has been conducted on the instrument with children of low socio-economic status (SES) across Ireland (Northern and Republic). METHOD: The data for this study were collected as part of a clustered randomised controlled trial...
October 18, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Divine E Ediebah, Jaap C Reijneveld, Martin J B Taphoorn, Corneel Coens, Efstathios Zikos, Neil K Aaronson, Jan J Heimans, Andrew Bottomley, Martin Klein
PURPOSE: Clinical trials in glioma patients with neurocognitive deficits face challenges due to lacking or unreliable patient self-reports on their health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Patient-proxy data could help solve this issue. We determined whether patient-proxy concordance levels were affected by patients' neurocognitive functioning. METHODS: Patient and patient-by-proxy HRQOL ratings were assessed via SF-36 and EORTC QLQ-BN20, respectively, in 246 patients...
October 15, 2016: Quality of Life Research
James W Varni, Robert J Shulman, Mariella M Self, Samuel Nurko, Miguel Saps, Shehzad A Saeed, Ashish S Patel, Chelsea Vaughan Dark, Cristiane B Bendo, John F Pohl
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the patient-reported multidimensional gastrointestinal symptoms predictors of generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and PedsQL™ 4.0 Generic Core Scales were completed in a 9-site study by 259 pediatric patients with functional constipation, functional abdominal pain (FAP), or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...
October 14, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Daniel R Reissmann, Mike T John, Darius Sagheri, Ira Sierwald
PURPOSE: Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) in children and adolescents can be assessed with two different approaches: children can directly report their own perceptions or parents can serve as proxies and rate their child's OHRQoL from their perspectives. It was the aim to investigate whether parents can accurately rate their children's OHRQoL and to compare agreement between OHRQoL domains and between age groups. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a sample of 140 children aged 7-17 years was consecutively recruited at a university-based orthodontic clinic and a public school...
October 14, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Krzysztof Adamowicz
INTRODUCTION: The chief therapeutic goal in metastatic prostate cancer is prolongation of survival with good quality of life . Quality of life (health-related) is often used as an endpoint parameter in phase III trials in metastatic prostate cancer, but the value of using HRQOL in this context has not been assessed to date. METHODS: In order to evaluate the role of HRQOL assessment in contemporary phase III trials in prostate cancer, we searched the PubMed database to identify publications presenting the results of these trials on systemic therapies for prostate cancer published between January 2000 and December 2015...
October 13, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Carolyn E Schwartz, Victoria E Powell, Bruce D Rapkin
AIMS: Interpreting change scores is challenging when patients' global rating of change (GRC) scores contradict their observed change scores. We examine appraisal processes associated with having GRC-observed change contradictions. METHODS: This secondary analysis of longitudinal multiple sclerosis (MS) registry data examined predictors of GRC scores in the whole sample (n = 858). Logistic modeling then examined predictors of membership in one of two paradoxical subgroups (n = 525): (a) Worsened GRC with unchanged observed Rand-12 Mental Component scores (MCS) (Symptom-Maximizers, n = 171) versus no change GRC among stable MCS subsample; and (b) same GRC with declined observed MCS scores (Symptom-Minimizers, n = 84) versus declining GRC among declining MCS subsample...
October 8, 2016: Quality of Life Research
E Moseholm, S Rydahl-Hansen, B Ø Lindhardt, M D Fetters
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research was to measure changes in HRQoL during the diagnostic evaluation of patients presenting with non-specific symptoms possibly attributable to cancer, to describe their experiences of HRQoL and to merge these findings with intent to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of their HRQoL experience during this stressful life event. METHODS: A convergent mixed methods (MM) design was used and involved quantitative data about HRQoL measured by the EORTC-QLQ-C30 instrument and qualitative interview data about patients' HRQoL experiences...
October 4, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Hillary L Broder, Maureen Wilson-Genderson, Lacey Sischo
PURPOSE: This paper evaluated the impact of cleft-related surgery on the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of youth with cleft over time. METHODS: Data were derived from a 5-year, multi-center, prospective, longitudinal study of 1196 youth with cleft lip and/or palate and their caregivers. Eligible youth were between 7.5 and 18.5 years old, spoke English or Spanish, and were non-syndromic. During each observational period, which included baseline, and 1- and 2-year post-baseline follow-up visits, youths and their caregivers completed the Child Oral Health Impact Profile, a validated measure of OHRQoL...
October 3, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Zahra Bagheri, Peyman Jafari, Marzieh Mahmoodi, Mohammad Hossein Dabbaghmanesh
PURPOSE: It has been rarely studied whether observed disparity in health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) scores between patients with diabetes and healthy individuals is due to differential item functioning (DIF) or a true difference in the underlying construct. This study aimed to examine DIF in the SF-36 questionnaire and its effect on comparing HRQoL scores between patients with diabetes and healthy people. METHODS: The sample consisted of 230 patients with type 2 diabetes and 642 healthy individuals who filled out the Persian version of the SF-36 questionnaire...
October 3, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Lucy Leigh, Julie E Byles, Gita D Mishra
PURPOSE: Decline in physical function is common in older age, with important consequences for health-related quality of life, health care utilisation, and mortality. This study aimed to identify patterns of change in physical functioning (PF) for women in later life. METHODS: PF was measured longitudinally using the ten-item subscale of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Health Survey, for 10 515 participants of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, who completed at least two surveys between 1999 (aged 73-78 years) and 2011 (aged 85-90 years)...
October 1, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Ya-Fang Yao, Kuei-Min Chen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to test the effects of horticulture therapy on activities of daily living, happiness, meaning of life, and interpersonal intimacy of nursing home older adults in southern Taiwan. METHODS: A quasi-experimental study was applied. Eighty-five older adults aged 65 or older who lived in nursing homes in southern Taiwan were recruited conveniently. All participants completed the study: experimental group (n = 41) and control group (n = 44)...
October 1, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Jiyeon Lee, Eun-Hyun Lee, Seung Hei Moon
PURPOSE: The systematic review of patient-reported outcome instruments can allow the selection of the most appropriate instrument for use in research and clinical practice. There has been no systematic review of the measurement properties of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-specific health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) instruments. The purposes of this study were to identify all available instruments for measuring the IBS-specific HRQOL and to determine which is the most appropriate instrument to apply in clinical practice...
September 29, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Edimansyah Abdin, Mythily Subramaniam, Louisa Picco, Shirlene Pang, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Shazana Shahwan, Vathsala Sagayadevan, Yunjue Zhang, Siow Ann Chong
PURPOSE: The present study aims to examine the impact of chronic conditions after adjusting for differential item functioning (DIF) on the various aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in a multi-ethnic Asian population in Singapore. METHOD: Data on 3006 participants from a nation-wide cross-sectional survey of mental health literacy conducted in Singapore were used. Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes model was used to investigate the effects of chronic medical conditions on various HRQoL dimensions assessed with the 36-item Medical Outcomes Study Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) after adjusting for DIF...
September 27, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, Edmond Pui-Hang Choi, Herman Hay-Ming Lo, Wendy Wong, Jasmine Hin-Man Chio, Anna Wai-Man Choi, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong
PURPOSE: Theories explaining the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on mental health have focused on heterosexual relationships. It is unclear whether mental health disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority people are due to IPV or factors related to sexual orientation. The present study aimed to investigate pathways of how sexual orientation influenced quality of life and mental health. METHODS: The present cross-sectional study was conducted in 1076 young adults in a university population (934 heterosexual and 142 sexual minority groups)...
September 27, 2016: Quality of Life Research
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