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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

, 9:67

First Online: 16 August 2011Received: 16 February 2011Accepted: 16 August 2011


IntroductionThe health-related quality-of-life HRQoL instruments are an important tool for the evaluation of medical outcomes. Sexually transmitted diseases STDs influence the patients- life. We aimed to evaluate the HRQoL in patients with anogenital warts at the time of and 1 month after the diagnosis.

Materials and methodsWe used the short-form SF-36 questionnaire to compare the HRQoL of 91 patients with anogenital warts to 53 control subjects with the same socioeconomic characteristics.

ResultsThere was no statistical difference in the overall HRQoL measurement between the anogenital wart patients and controls. However, there was an improvement in the scales of vitality 65.22 ± 15.70 vs. 69.04 ± 14.11, respectively; p < 0.05 and mental health 65.00 ± 20.09 vs. 69.43 ± 18.08, respectively; p < 0.05 in anogenital warts patients between the time of diagnosis and 1 month later. Furthermore, there was a significant deterioration in the scale of social functioning 73.47 ± 22.18 vs. 72.89 ± 19.28, respectively; p < 0.05. The small sample size is a limitation of our study.

ConclusionsHRQoL does not appear to be influenced in anogenital wart patients, as measured by the generic instrument SF-36. It is therefore important to develop specific instruments for the measurement of HRQoL in this group of patients.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1477-7525-9-67 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Sotirios A Koupidis - Electra Nicolaidou - Maria Hadjivassiliou - Stefanos Bellos - Petros Skapinakis - Christina Stefanaki


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