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Associations between illness duration and health-related quality of life in specified mental and physical chronic health conditions: results from a population-based survey

Dr Lucy Busija, Jeretine Tan and Kerrie Sanders from the Institute of Health and Ageing have undertaken an analysis of data from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing to understand the association between illness duration and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Their findings have been recently published in the Quality of Life Research journal.

In older ages, the greatest loss in HRQOL was associated with having newly diagnosed asthma, depression or biopolar disorder; in younger ages, the greatest loss was associated with having pre-existing arthritis or newly diagnosed diabetes or anxiety. They also concluded that while loss of HRQOL was not consistently associated with duration of physical health conditions, longer duration of mental illness was associated with worse HRQOL.

Read their paper here.


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