Quality of Life Research

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 687–694

Health Status Assessed by the SF-36 Along the Diabetes Continuum in an Australian Population

  • Catherine R. Chittleborough
  • Katherine L. Baldock
  • Anne W. Taylor
  • Patrick J. Phillips
  • The North West Adelaide Health Study Team
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-005-3570-8

Cite this article as:
Chittleborough, C.R., Baldock, K.L., Taylor, A.W. et al. Qual Life Res (2006) 15: 687. doi:10.1007/s11136-005-3570-8

Abstract

Objective: To examine the association of health status with stage along the diabetes continuum. Design, setting and participants: Self-reported health status (SF-36) was assessed in the North West Adelaide Health Study, a representative population cohort (n = 4060) aged 18 years and over in metropolitan South Australia. Impaired fasting glucose (IFG), undiagnosed diabetes, diagnosed diabetes, glycaemic control and cardiovascular disease were determined from fasting blood and self-reported data. Results: The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes was 5.6% (95% CI: 4.9–6.3), with an additional 1.0% (95% CI: 0.7–1.4) previously undiagnosed. When compared to those with normal glucose, those with diabetes were significantly impaired on all SF-36 dimensions except Mental Health, and those with IFG (4.3%) were significantly impaired in terms of Physical Functioning and Bodily Pain when controlling for the effects of age, sex and cardiovascular disease. Poor glycaemic control (HbA1c ≥ 7.0%) was also associated with impaired health status. Conclusions: Health status is impaired not only among those with diagnosed diabetes but also those with IFG and undiagnosed diabetes.

Keywords

Diabetes Mellitus Glycosylated Health status Hemoglobin A Quality of life SF-36 

Abbreviations

FPG

Fasting plasma glucose

HRQL

Health-related quality of life

IFG

Impaired fasting glucose

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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine R. Chittleborough
    • 1
  • Katherine L. Baldock
    • 1
  • Anne W. Taylor
    • 2
  • Patrick J. Phillips
    • 3
  • The North West Adelaide Health Study Team
  1. 1.South Australian Department of Health, Diabetes Clearing HousePopulation Research and Outcome Studies UnitAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.South Australian Department of HealthPopulation Research and Outcome Studies UnitAustralia
  3. 3.Endocrine and Diabetes ServiceThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Health ServiceAustralia

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