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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Quality Of Life Investigation In Patients With Non-investigated Dyspepsia Based On The Sf-36 Questionnaire: A Controlled Study [avaliação Da Qualidade De Vida De Pacientes Com Dispepsia Não Investigada Com Base No Questionário Sf-36: Um Estudo Controlado]
Author: De Souza C.H.N.
Pimentel C.F.M.G.
Valerio H.M.G.
Junior M.A.B.
Abstract: Introduction: The expression "non-investigated dyspepsia" relates to a set of symptoms that are often attributed to high digestive tract disorders, but that were not explored by specific diagnostic methods. Independently of the functional or organic nature, non-investigated dyspepsia is highly prevalent, including in Brazil, and is a major public health problem. This condition may have a significant impact on the quality of life of the individuals, as has been found previously for other diseases. However, this is little known, amongst us in particular. Objective: To evaluate the quality of life of adults with non-investigated dyspepsia by means of a quality of life questionnaire Medical Outcome Study Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36), and comparing them to healthy adults. Methods: In 2007, patients with non-investigated dyspepsia seen in a primary healthcare (G1) outpatient clinic were consecutively studied. Healthy controls paired for age and gender (G2) were evaluated to make a comparative analysis. The SF-36 quality of life questionnaire was used for all C1 and G2 individuals, with the mean score calculation being made in the 8 domains covered by this tool. In the statistical analysis, p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: 30 patients with non-investigated dyspepsia (G1) and 34 healthy controls (C2) were studied. With respect to the comparison between the groups in the SF-36 8 domains, there was statistical difference in the scores relating to functional capacity (G1 = 76.3 ± 21.2 vs. G2 = 86.9 ± 13.5; p < 0.05); limitation due to physical aspects (G1 = 69.2 ± 39.2 vs. G2 = 89.7 ± 23.9; p < 0.05); mental health (G1 = 66.0 ± 16.0 vs. G2 = 77.9 ± 16.7; p < 0.01); body pain (G1 = 59.7 ± 19.5 vs. G2 = 75.9 ± 21.7; p < 0.01); limitation due to social aspects (G1 = 73.8 ± 16.2 vs. G2 = 86.0 ± 22.1; p < 0.05); vitality (G1 = 57.2 ± 18.5 vs. G2 = 72.1 ± 19.0; p < 0.01), and limitation due to emotional aspects (G1 = 60.0 ± 42.3 vs. G2 = 81.4 ± 34.0; p < 0.05). No statistically significant difference between the groups was found only with respect to the general health status (G1 = 73.7 ± 18.3 vs. G2 = 77.7 ± 14.1; p = 0.33). Conclusion: The differences found between the two groups based on the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire suggest that patients with non-investigated dyspepsia are significantly impaired in their quality of life when compared to healthy controls.
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Date Issue: 2008
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