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Quality of life and BPH

 

Clinical bottom line

Men with more severe symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia had poorer health status.


Reference

G Welch et al. Quality-of-life impact of lower urinary tract symptom severity: results from the health professionals follow-up study. Urology 2002 59: 245-250.

Study

Data from 8,406 male healthcare professionals who complete two-yearly health questionnaires formed the basis of the study. This particular sample had completed AUA index in 1994, and a quality of life instrument (SF-36) in 1995.

Results

The mean age was 62 years, mean BMI was 26, and mean symptom score was 7.5. More severe symptoms were associated with older age.

High-moderate symptoms were associated with small to moderate deficits in anxious and depressed mood and poorer role functioning related to emotional problems arising from illness. Severe symptoms were additionally associated with deficits in vitality and the ability to work and carry out daily tasks.

Comment

Men with more severe symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia had poorer health status.