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Title: Elderly men's quality of life and lower urinary tract symptoms: an intricate relationship
Authors: Pintarelli, Vitor Last [UNIFESP]
Perchon, Lygia Ferreira Gomes [UNIFESP]
Lorenzetti, Fábio [UNIFESP]
Toniolo Neto, João [UNIFESP]
Dambros, Miriam [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: Prostatic hyperplasia
quality of life
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2011
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia
Citation: International braz j urol. Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia, v. 37, n. 6, p. 758-765, 2011.
Abstract: PURPOSE: To evaluate the impact of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) on the quality of life (QoL) in a group of elderly men. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Observational clinical study contained 200 men recruited between March-September 2008 in the community and Urology and Geriatrics ambulatories. The data collected included health and sociodemographic conditions; the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS); an anxiety/depression inventory; the World Health Organization Quality of Life -Bref and -Old questionnaires (WHOQoL). Participants were classified according to IPSS: Group I (moderate/severe symptoms) and Group II (absence/mild symptoms) and 100 men were included in each group. RESULTS: The groups were statistically similar in sociodemographic, morbidity, and anxiety/depression scores. Both QoL scales showed significant lower median scores in group I in all parameters, except the global subjective self-evaluation of QoL. The domains social and environmental relations presented the most significative differences (p < 0.0005) in both questionnaires, and final mean WHOQoL-OLD score was lower in group I (p < 0.0005). CONCLUSIONS: For elderly men, moderate to severe LUTS do significantly impact almost all parameters of QoL proposed by the WHO, especially social and environmental relations.
ISSN: 1677-5538
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