There has been no report on demographic, social and quality of life data of osteoporotic patients attending rheumatology rehabilitation in-patient units in Hungary. Aim: The authors analyzed the data of osteoporotic patients treated in rheumatology rehabilitation departments as in-patients in four hospitals in Hungary. Methods: Demographic and social data were obtained by using a questionnaire developed by the authors, and quality of life was assessed with the use of the SF-36 questionnaire. The quality of life data of osteoporotic patients were compared to that obtained from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis and chronic low back pain who were treated in the same department at the same time. Results: Of the 253 patients who were asked to participate in the study, 211 patients filled out the questionnaires. 25.6% of the patients were male. 58% of the patients were younger than 60 years of age, and 40% of them were heavy physical workers earlier. More than 50% of the patients did not complete secondary school education, and only 6.7% of the patients had a per capita monthly income higher than 100 000 HUF. The quality of life of the osteoporotic patients assessed by SF-36 scored 34.7, which was significantly lower than that of the mean of the Hungarian population scoring 70-90. The SF-36 scores of osteoporotic patients were lower in all domains compared to the scores of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and low back pain, although the difference was significant only in the domain of physical activity. The affective role of patients with osteoporosis was significantly lower than those with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Conclusions: Osteoporotic patients attending in-patient rheumatology in-patient rehabilitation units in Hungary have poor quality of life comparable, even worse than that found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.
|Translated title of the contribution||Quality of life of osteoporotic patients attending rheumatology rehabilitation in-patient units|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2012|
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