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Quality of life in elderly patients with dizziness: analysis of the Short-Form Health Survey in 197 patients.
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PMID:  15799575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONCLUSION: Elderly patients with chronic dizziness had a poor HRQoL, which could be successfully assessed using the SF-36, a generic health-status instrument. The frequency of dizziness and comorbid psychological distress were predictive of impairment in QoL. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and its relationship to characteristics of dizziness in elderly persons with chronic dizziness. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A standardized dizziness questionnaire was used to evaluate characteristics of dizziness as well as medical, functional and demographic data in 197 consecutive patients with chronic dizziness aged > or =60 years. HRQoL was evaluated using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). RESULTS: Compared with normative data, results from patients with dizziness indicated a pervasive multidimensional decline in SF-36 scores. This decline was most notable in terms of role limitations in the physical and emotional dimensions. The frequency of attacks of dizziness correlated with perceived disability. Patients with chronic dizziness also had great psychological distress, as measured by the HADS score, which had a detrimental influence on their QoL.
Li-Chi Hsu; Han-Hwa Hu; Wen-Jang Wong; Shuu-Jiun Wang; Yun-On Luk; Chang-Ming Chern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica     Volume:  125     ISSN:  0001-6489     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-31     Completed Date:  2005-05-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370354     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol     Country:  Norway    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neurological Institute, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Depression / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Disability Evaluation
Dizziness / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Predictive Value of Tests
Quality of Life / psychology*

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