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Global perceived health and health-related quality of life in elderly primary care patients with symptoms of heart failure
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
2008 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 7, no 4, 269-276 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The aim was to examine whether a single question about global perceived health (GPH) is associated with the domains of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) as assessed by the SF-36, and whether the scores in these domains differ from the different scores of the GPH in relation to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).

METHOD: The study included 412 elderly outpatients with symptoms of heart failure (HF). Echocardiography was used to determine their LVEF, and GPH was assessed by the first question on the SF-36.

RESULTS: The correlations between GPH and the different domains in SF-36 ranged from 0.33 to 0.64 in patients with LVEF>or=50% and was between 0.29 and 0.59 in patients with LVEF<40%. Regression analyses revealed GPH to be the strongest predictor of HR-QoL. Patients with LVEF<40% rating poor GPH differed significantly (p<0.05) from those with good or moderate GPH in six of the eight HR-QoL domains.

CONCLUSION: One question about GPH gives a good general description of HR-QoL and may therefore be used as a simple tool to assess HR-QoL in elderly outpatients with clinical symptoms of HF.

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2008. Vol. 7, no 4, 269-276 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20377DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2007.12.002PubMedID: 18249036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20377DiVA: diva2:599922
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-08-01Bibliographically approved

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