Health-related quality of life survey of a general population living in a community in southern Taiwan

Wen Jung Sun, Lin Yang Chi, I. An Jen, Wen Chen Ou-Yang, Frank Huang Chih Chou, Tsau Mau Chou, Pesus Chou*


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Aim: There is still a lack of international consensus about the definition and measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for different diseases and cultures. This study aimed to explore the relationship between demographics and the results of the short form-36 (SF-36), and compare the SF-36 data from elderly populations in an urban (Shihpai) and a rural (Hunei) area of Taiwan. Results: Men reported better health on all scales of the SF-36 than women. All scales of the SF-36 declined significantly with age (test for trend; P < 0.001). The same trend was noted for number of chronic conditions; i.e. health status worsened as the number of chronic conditions increased. Mean scores on the SF-36 scales among residents 65 years and older were compared between those living in urban (Shihpai) and rural (Hunei) areas. Residents in the Shihpai urban area had better health status scores on every scale of the SF-36, especially on the physical components than did residents in the Hunei area. Conclusions: We conclude that women, those with increased age and especially those with a higher number of chronic conditions reported poorer HRQOL than men did. Urban (Shihpai) residents are reported to have better HRQOL than rural (Hunei) residents.

頁(從 - 到)137-144
期刊Primary Care and Community Psychiatry
出版狀態Published - 2007


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