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Article: Impact of chronic diseases on health services and quality of life of a Chinese population

TitleImpact of chronic diseases on health services and quality of life of a Chinese population
Authors
Keywords36 item short form Health Survey
Chinese
Chronic disease
Quality of life
Service utilization
Issue Date2003
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwell-science.com/~cgilib/jnlpage.asp?Journal=afm&File=afm
Citation
Asia Pacific Family Medicine, 2003, v. 2 n. 2, p. 98-106 How to Cite?
Abstract
Abstract Background: Chronic diseases are becoming the major global burden of disease. Information on their impact on health services and quality of life of individual patients can facilitate the provision of appropriate care. Objectives: To determine the self reported prevalence of chronic diseases and their impact on health service utilization and quality of life of individual patients. Methods: A cross sectional random telephone survey was conducted on 2410 Chinese adults from the general population in Hong Kong using both a structured questionnaire and the 36 item short form Health Survey (SF-36). The effects of chronic diseases on consultation rates, hospitalization risk and the SF-36 scores were analyzed by multivariate stepwise regressions, controlling for sociodemographic variables and comorbidity. Results: A total of 38% of subjects reported one or more chronic diseases with 59% being less than 60 years. Chronic joint problems were the most common. Every additional chronic disease increased the annual number of consultations by 60% and the likelihood of hospitalization in the last year by 79%. Most chronic diseases had a negative impact on quality of life with most associated with psychological problems. Conclusions: One in three Chinese adults in Hong Kong reported having chronic diseases. The total number of chronic diseases had a linear relationship with service utilization, which could be a useful medical risk adjustment factor. Enhancing quality of life should be an important aim in the management of chronic diseases.
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Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48631
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dc.contributor.authorLam, CLKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLauder, IJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, TPen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-22T04:19:32Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-22T04:19:32Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsia Pacific Family Medicine, 2003, v. 2 n. 2, p. 98-106en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1444-1683en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48631-
dc.descriptionPublished on behalf of Wonca, fulltext link: http://www.apfmj-archive.com/afm2.2/afm_64.pdf-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background: Chronic diseases are becoming the major global burden of disease. Information on their impact on health services and quality of life of individual patients can facilitate the provision of appropriate care. Objectives: To determine the self reported prevalence of chronic diseases and their impact on health service utilization and quality of life of individual patients. Methods: A cross sectional random telephone survey was conducted on 2410 Chinese adults from the general population in Hong Kong using both a structured questionnaire and the 36 item short form Health Survey (SF-36). The effects of chronic diseases on consultation rates, hospitalization risk and the SF-36 scores were analyzed by multivariate stepwise regressions, controlling for sociodemographic variables and comorbidity. Results: A total of 38% of subjects reported one or more chronic diseases with 59% being less than 60 years. Chronic joint problems were the most common. Every additional chronic disease increased the annual number of consultations by 60% and the likelihood of hospitalization in the last year by 79%. Most chronic diseases had a negative impact on quality of life with most associated with psychological problems. Conclusions: One in three Chinese adults in Hong Kong reported having chronic diseases. The total number of chronic diseases had a linear relationship with service utilization, which could be a useful medical risk adjustment factor. Enhancing quality of life should be an important aim in the management of chronic diseases.en_HK
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dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwell-science.com/~cgilib/jnlpage.asp?Journal=afm&File=afmen_HK
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.comen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject36 item short form Health Surveyen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectChronic diseaseen_HK
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_HK
dc.subjectService utilizationen_HK
dc.titleImpact of chronic diseases on health services and quality of life of a Chinese populationen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1444-1683&volume=2&issue=2&spage=98&epage=106&date=2003&atitle=Impact+of+chronic+diseases+on+health+services+and+quality+of+life+of+a+Chinese+populationen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, CLK: clklam@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLauder, IJ: hrntijl@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, TP: tplam@hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepostprinten_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1046/j.1444-1683.2003.00064.xen_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros80919-

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