Health-related quality of life in relation to disease activity in adults with hereditary angioedema in Sweden
Health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) is impaired in patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE) but has not yet been satisfactorily described.
To study HR-QoL in patients with HAE by combining different HR-QoL instruments with disease activity assessment.
All adults in the Swedish HAE registry were invited to take part in this questionnaire study, which used the generic HR-QoL instruments, EuroQol 5 Dimensions 5 Level (EQ-5D-5L) and the RAND Corporation Short Form 36 (RAND-36), the disease-specific Angioedema Quality of Life instrument (AE-QoL), the recently introduced Angioedema Activity Score (AAS) form, and questionnaires on sick leave and prophylactic medication.
Sixty-four of 133 adults (26 men, 38 women) between 18 and 91 years old responded. The most affected HR-QoL dimensions in the EQ-5D-5L were pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression; in the RAND-36, energy/fatigue, general health, pain; and, in the AE-QoL, fears/shame and fatigue/mood. Women had lower HR-QoL in the RAND-36 for general health and energy/fatigue (p < 0.05). Patients who reported any AAS of >0 had significantly impaired HR-QoL. There were significant associations (p < 0.05) between the AAS and EQ-5D-5L, between the AAS and all dimensions of the RAND-36 except physical function, and between the AAS and AE-QoL in all dimensions. Nine of 36 patients who reported sick leave during the previous 4 weeks had significantly impaired HR-QoL in all the instruments (p < 0.05). There was no significant difference in HR-QoL in the patients with and the patients without prophylactic medication, except for the nutrition dimension of the AE-QoL (p < 0.05).
Comprehensive information is obtained by combining different HR-QoL instruments. Pain, anxiety/depression, and fatigue/mood are important aspects of HAE but the AE-QoL disregards pain. HR-QoL was not significantly affected by prophylaxis. Increased disease activity was associated with impaired HR-QoL, which justifies more active disease management.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 November 2017
This article was made available online on 30 August 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Health-related quality of life in relation to disease activity in adults with hereditary angioedema in Sweden ".
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