Pelvic floor disorders and health-related quality of life in older women : Results from the Women's Gynaecological Health study in Lieto, Finland

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Eloranta , S , Rantanen , V , Kauppila , M , Hautaniemi , S , Vahlberg , T , Laasik , M , Joronen , K , Sintonen , H & Ala-Nissilä , S 2019 , ' Pelvic floor disorders and health-related quality of life in older women : Results from the Women's Gynaecological Health study in Lieto, Finland ' , Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics , vol. 82 , pp. 226-231 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2019.03.001

Title: Pelvic floor disorders and health-related quality of life in older women : Results from the Women's Gynaecological Health study in Lieto, Finland
Author: Eloranta, Sini; Rantanen, Virpi; Kauppila, Marjo; Hautaniemi, Soili; Vahlberg, Tero; Laasik, Maren; Joronen, Kirsi; Sintonen, Harri; Ala-Nissilä, Seija
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
ISSN: 0167-4943
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312581
Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to analyse the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders and to describe health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among older women. We also compared participants' HRQoL with the age-matched general female population and analysed factors associated with HRQoL. Study design: This is a population-based study of a cohort of women born in 1948 and in 1950 (n = 143) which is also part of the Women's Gynaecological Health study in Lieto, Finland. Methods: The data were collected by questionnaires which pertained to socio-demographics, health-related variables, pelvic floor disorders and HRQoL (15D). Linear model was conducted to estimate a model of factors that associated with HRQoL. Results: The prevalence of urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse was 50%, 13% and 12%, respectively. The overall HRQoL score of the study cohort is broadly similar to that of the age-matched general Finnish female population (mean +/- SD15D scores 0.905 +/- 0.084 vs 0.912 +/- 0.077). Higher number of medications was the most important explanatory factor for lower HRQoL. Conclusion: Urinary incontinence was common; however, the impact on HRQoL was minor. The overall HRQoL score of the study cohort was broadly similar to that of age-matched general female population. Women who used a higher number of medications had lower HRQoL compared to women who used fewer medications.
Subject: Older women
Pelvic floor disorders
Health-related quality of life
URINARY-INCONTINENCE
ORGAN PROLAPSE
PREVALENCE
15D
TRENDS
SCORE
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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