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Factors Influencing Health-related Quality of Life in Korean Elderly with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Chungbuk, 27136, Korea;
  • Department of Nursing, Joongbu University, Geumsan, Chungnam, 32713, Korea;

Abstract


Objectives: This study was conducted to identify factors that are associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL)in elderly people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Methods/Statistical Analysis: A total of 184 subjects, aged 65 to 89 years old, who have RA were selected from the data of the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES 2010-2014). Socio-demographic, health related, lifestyle and disease related characteristics were measured through a questionnaire. HRQoL was evaluated using EuroQol 5-dimension (EQ-5D). Descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA and hierarchical multiple regression analysis were conducted with SPSS/WIN 22.0. Findings: The mean score of EQ-5D index of subjects was 0.77, indicating a moderate level of HRQoL. The results of multiple regression analysis showed that the knee joint stiffness, subjective health status, sleep duration, employment, and age significantly predicted HRQoL in the elderly people with RA, explaining 39.5% of the variance. Improvements/Applications: Health care providers should consider that interventions improving knee joint stiffness and sleep duration are required to enhance the HRQoL in the elderly people with RA.

Keywords

Elderly, Health-Related Quality of Life, Knee Joint Stiffness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Subjective Health Status.

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