Factors associated with quality of life in Menière's disease


Yardley, L., Dibb, B. and Osborne, G. (2003) Factors associated with quality of life in Menière's disease. Clinical Otolaryngology, 28, (5), 436-441. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2273.2003.00740.x).

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The aim of this study was to identify the factors associated with better or worse quality of life in a sample of people with Meniere's disease drawn from a UK self-help group (the Meniere's Society) and to assess the forms of support on which the respondents could draw. A postal survey was sent to 1000 randomly selected group members, containing validated questionnaires assessing: (1) quality of life (the Short Form 36 (SF-36)) (2) factors that might predict quality of life; and (3) usage of resources provided to members by the Meniere's Society. A total of 509 members completed the main survey, and 370 the second part of the survey. Factors associated with a less good quality of life included more severe vertigo, pressure in the ear, hearing loss and tinnitus, being younger, being female, living alone, having a lower occupational status and believing that the attitude of the consultant is unhelpful. Levels of vertigo severity in this sample were similar to those found in hospital samples, but it is possible that these respondents may differ in other respects from patients who do not join a self-help group.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0307-7772 (print)
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Keywords: quality, quality of life, disease
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
ePrint ID: 18118
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:07
Contact Email Address: L.Yardley@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18118

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