Seasonal Variation in Generic and Disease-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life in Rhinologic Patients in Southern Finland

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Ylivuori , M , Ruuhela , R , Sintonen , H , Virkkula , P , Roine , R P & Hytönen , M 2021 , ' Seasonal Variation in Generic and Disease-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life in Rhinologic Patients in Southern Finland ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 18 , no. 12 , 6428 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126428

Title: Seasonal Variation in Generic and Disease-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life in Rhinologic Patients in Southern Finland
Author: Ylivuori, Maija; Ruuhela, Reija; Sintonen, Harri; Virkkula, Paula; Roine, Risto P.; Hytönen, Maija
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, HUS Head and Neck Center
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine
University of Helsinki, HUS Head and Neck Center
Date: 2021-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1661-7827
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333973
Abstract: Background: Seasonal variation in exacerbations, hospitalisations, and mortality statistics has been reported for some diseases. To our knowledge, however, no published studies exist on the seasonality of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) amongst rhinologic patients. Aims/Objectives: This study, therefore, aimed to investigate the possible seasonal variation in rhinologic patients' HRQoL using the rhinologic disease-specific Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) and the generic 15D HRQoL instrument. Material and Methods: We enrolled unselected adult rhinologic patients requiring specialist care at the Helsinki University Hospital in this cross-sectional, questionnaire-based prospective study during four seasons: February (winter), May (spring), August (summer), and November (autumn). Patients received SNOT-22 and 15D questionnaires via post. The Finnish Meteorological Institute supplied climate data from these months. Results: SNOT-22 and 15D data were available for 301 and 298 patients, respectively. We found no statistically significant differences (p = 0.948) between the mean monthly 15D scores or mean SNOT-22 scales. Furthermore, the mean SNOT-22 subscales did not differ between the monthly study periods. Conclusions and Significance: Our study shows that seasonality did not impact rhinologic patients' SNOT-22 or 15D HRQoL scores. Thus, these questionnaires can be used for follow-up amongst rhinologic patients regardless of season.
Subject: adult
climate
PROM
sinonasal
questionnaire
15D
SNOT-22
PREDICTORS
TRENDS
SLEEP
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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