Health-related quality of life is impaired in active collagenous colitis

Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping University, Sweden.
Digestive and Liver Disease (Impact Factor: 2.89). 02/2011; 43(2):102-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.dld.2010.06.004
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ABSTRACT The characteristic clinical symptoms of collagenous colitis are non-bloody diarrhoea, urgency and abdominal pain. Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptom burden and the disease impact on patients' health-related quality of life. The objective of this study was to analyse health-related quality of life in patients with collagenous colitis.
In a cross-sectional, postal HRQL survey, 116 patients with collagenous colitis at four Swedish hospitals completed four health-related quality of life questionnaires, two disease-specific (Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire and Rating Form of IBD Patient Concerns), and two generic (Short Form 36, SF-36, and Psychological General Well-Being, PGWB), and a one-week symptom diary. Demographic and disease-related data were collected. Results for the collagenous colitis population were compared with a background population controlled for age and gender (n = 8931).
Compared with a Swedish background population, patients with collagenous colitis scored significantly worse in all Short Form 36 dimensions (p < 0.01), except physical function. Patients with active disease scored worse health-related quality of life than patients in remission. Co-existing disease had an impact on health-related quality of life measured with the generic measures. Lower education level and shorter disease duration were associated with decreased well-being.
Health-related quality of life was impaired in patients with collagenous colitis compared with a background population. Disease activity is the most important factor associated with impairment of health-related quality of life. Patients in remission have a health-related quality of life similar to a background population.

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