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Citation

Park H, Kim K. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018; 15(11): e15112327.

Affiliation

College of Pharmacy, Keimyung University, Daegu Metropolitan 42601, Korea. kimkisok@kmu.ac.kr.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph15112327

PMID

30360460

Abstract

Menopause is associated with depressive symptoms that can significantly affect a woman's quality of life. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between depression and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in postmenopausal women. In this cross-sectional descriptive study, participants (n = 3860) were selected from the 2013⁻2015 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). The sociodemographic characteristics, medical history of depression, and EQ-5D scores of the participants were obtained from the KNHANES dataset. Age, educational level, and income were associated with HRQoL in these participants. Moreover, depression exerted a considerable influence on HRQoL in postmenopausal women. The adjusted odds ratios in participants with depression for the EQ-5D dimensions were as follows: 5.52 (95% CI = 4.04⁻7.55, p < 0.001) for anxiety/depression, 3.86 (95% CI = 2.78⁻5.36, p < 0.001) for usual activities, and 2.52 (95% CI = 1.68⁻3.78, p < 0.001) for self-care. Our findings suggest a strong association between depression and HRQoL. Hence, preventing the onset or exacerbation of depression may significantly improve quality of life in postmenopausal women.


Language: en

Keywords

EQ-5D; demographic factor; depression; health-related quality of life

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