Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1023/B:QURE.0000018484.89711.e2
Title: Factors influencing health-related quality of life of Asians with anxiety disorders in Singapore
Authors: Luo, N. 
Fones, C.S.-L.
Thumboo, J.
Li, S.-C. 
Keywords: Anxiety disorders
Asian
Panic disorder
Quality of life
Singapore
Issue Date: Mar-2004
Source: Luo, N., Fones, C.S.-L., Thumboo, J., Li, S.-C. (2004-03). Factors influencing health-related quality of life of Asians with anxiety disorders in Singapore. Quality of Life Research 13 (2) : 557-565. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:QURE.0000018484.89711.e2
Abstract: As little is known about health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Asians with anxiety disorders, we assessed HRQoL in Singaporeans with anxiety disorders and identified factors influencing their HRQoL. Outpatients with anxiety disorders (n = 119) attending a hospital psychiatric clinic completed the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). SF-36 score reduction from population norms (quantified as the number of standard deviations below the mean) in these subjects was compared with existing data on Singaporeans with various medical conditions and Americans with panic disorder (PD). Factors influencing HRQoL were examined using step-wise multiple linear regression models. SF-36 score reduction in these subjects (0.3-1.4 SD) was greater than that in Singaporeans with systemic lupus erythematosus or thyroid cancer survivors for seven scales but similar to that in Americans with PD (0.5-1.7 SD). BAI and GHQ-12 scores, presence of PD/generalized anxiety disorder, presence of chronic medical conditions, being married or increasing age accounted for 19-61% of the variance in six selected SF-36 scales. In conclusion, it can be said that Singaporeans with anxiety disorders experience clinically important reductions in HRQoL; both clinical and socio-demographic factors influence HRQoL in such subjects.
Source Title: Quality of Life Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/105956
ISSN: 09629343
DOI: 10.1023/B:QURE.0000018484.89711.e2
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