Factors Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life in Chronic Pancreatitis

Department of Medicine I, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen, Germany.
The American Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 10.76). 02/2004; 99(1):138-46. DOI: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2004.04005.x
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Chronic pancreatitis may lead to considerable reduction in health-related quality of life, but factors associated with a poor perceived health status have not been investigated.
We recruited 265 patients with chronic pancreatitis from a tertiary care gastroenterology clinic. Health-related quality of life was assessed using the Short Form-36 Health Survey. Data were compared with age- and gender-adjusted values from the German general population (6964 adults). Factors associated with poor perceived health status were identified by logistic regression.
All domains of health-related quality of life were reduced in chronic pancreatitis. Decrements were most pronounced in role limitations caused by physical (-25%) and emotional health problems (-15%), and general health perceptions (-19%). Severity of abdominal pain, chronic pancreatic diarrhea, low body weight, and loss of work independently contributed to the physical component score of the Short Form-36 (adjusted R2= 33.8%) and were the factors most closely associated with poor health status perception. The etiology and duration of the disease or changes in pancreatic morphology had no impact on health-related quality of life.
Patients with chronic pancreatitis experience substantial impairments in health-related quality of life. The severity of chronic pancreatitis-related symptoms is directly associated with patient function and well-being. These data offer further insight into the impact of chronic pancreatitis on patient health status and may serve as the basis for the development of disease-specific instruments, which are needed to measure the effect of therapeutic interventions on patient-derived health outcomes.

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    • "The SF-12 is an abbreviated form of the SF-36 health status questionnaire [22], and it is a quality of life instrument that assesses mental (MCS) and physical (PCS) health and functioning over the past 4 weeks. The reliability and validity of the SF-12 have been well established [21], and the instrument has been validated for use in patients with chronic pain [19, 23–25]. The physical and mental quality of life scales are computed using the 12-items and range from 0 to 100 with a score of 0 indicating the lowest quality of life and a score of 100 indicating the highest quality of life. "
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    • "From a therapeutic perspective, the suggestion that neurodegeneration may be related to chronic pancreatitis pain is extremely relevant. Typically, chronic pancreatitis patients with pain are treated with pain medication including opioids over long periods of time, with limited treatment success and low health-related quality of life, predominantly as a result of persisting or relapsing pain despite medication [60]. As a consequence, patients frequently become unemployed, and may even be deprived of the ability to indulge in social and sport activities [8]. "
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