Health-related Quality of Life a Concern in Men with Osteoporosis

Professional man looking at a laptop computerA study sheds light on the impact of osteoporosis on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in men. The condition, which is commonly studied in elderly women, is sometimes overlooked in men, according to German researchers.

In their study, “Health related quality of life in male patients with osteoporosis: results of a cross sectional study,” the researchers sought to understand the impact of the bone condition on factors such as mobility, mental function, and pain levels. The study was published in September 2012 online ahead of print in The Aging Male.

The study authors examined data on male patients who were being treated for osteoporosis at the Dresden University Hospital outpatient endocrine clinic in Dresden, Germany. Out of 344 individuals asked to participate, 155 men (57.2%) were included in the study.

Two HRQoL indicators were used in the study: EQ-5D and QUALEFFO-41. The results showed that male patients with osteoporosis had EQ-5D scores that were higher than the general population. The pain/discomfort dimensions of EQ-5D scores were the most affected in patients with osteoporosis. The QUALEFFO-41 scale results showed high levels of impairment in the general health perception, pain, and mental function domains. Additionally, men who experienced 2 or more fractures suffered from the lowest HRQoL levels.

Higher HRQoL scores were seen for the following dimensions: daily living activities, mobility, and ability to complete jobs around the house.

The researchers conclude that their study demonstrates an association between the HRQoL in male patients with osteoporosis, and the number of fractures experienced. They argue that the quality of life in men with osteoporosis is often overlooked since women are more likely to suffer from the condition. The study authors note that men with osteoporosis—especially men who have experienced 2 or more fractures—may benefit from mental health treatment to help improve their HRQoL.

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