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|Title:||Evaluation of quality of life in the brazilian graves' disease population: focus on mild and moderate graves' orbitopathy patients|
dos Santos Teixeira, Patricia Fatima
Ward, Laura S.
|Abstract:||Quality of life (QoL) studies in patients with mild to moderate Graves' orbitopathy (GO) are scarce. Methods: The original GO-QoL questionnaire was translated to Portuguese and administered to 323 patients with Graves' disease. The clinically active score (CAS) was used to evaluate GO activity, and the NO SPECS and EUGOGO classifications were used to estimate GO severity. Results: The internal consistency of the GO-QoL, evaluated using Cronbach's alpha, was optimal. In people with Graves' disease and long-duration GO, both visual function and appearance scores were negatively associated with the CAS and NOSPECS and EUGOGO classifications (P < 0.001). Asymmetry and proptosis were significantly associated with the visual function and appearance domains, and diplopia was related to the visual function score. In addition, multivariate regression stepwise analysis revealed that disease severity, according to the EUGOGO classification, was associated with the visual function and appearance scores; asymmetry, presence of proptosis, and young age were associated with the appearance score (P < 0.001). The visual function and appearance scores were negatively correlated with the CAS and NOSPECS and EUGOGO classifications (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Graves' orbitopathy has a negative impact in QoL in patients with mild to moderate disease, even after an extended period, rendering GO a chronic disease. The GO-QoL questionnaire can be helpful in identifying patients in need of attention and support|
|Editor:||Frontiers Research Foundation|
|Appears in Collections:||FCM - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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