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Evaluation of Quality of Life in Japanese Normal Pregnant Women

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Title: Evaluation of Quality of Life in Japanese Normal Pregnant Women
Authors: Hama, Kouko / Takamura, Noboru / Honda, Sumihisa / Abe, Yasuyo / Yagura, Chiaki / Miyamura, Tsunetake / Obama, Masahiko / Morisaki, Masayuki / Imamura, Sadaomi / Aoyagi, Kiyoshi
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Citation: Acta medica Nagasakiensia. 2007, 52(4), p.95-99
Abstract: To evaluate QOL changes during pregnancy in developed country, we analyzed 159 pregnant Japanese women (67 nulliparous and 92 multiparous) who had no complications during pregnancy. Subjects were asked to complete the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form (SF-36) every 4 weeks up to 24 weeks of gestation, and every 2 weeks from 24 weeks of gestation until delivery. Subscales that reflect "Physical functioning (p?0.001)", "Role-physical (p?0.001)" and "Bodily pain (p?0.001)" showed significant declines throughout the entire pregnancy. On the other hand, subscales that reflect "Vitality," "General health" and "Mental health" did not change substantially with gestational age. Furthermore, subscales that reflect "Physical functioning," "Role physical," "General health" showed no significant differences between nulliparous and multiparous women. Although subscales that reflect "Bodily pain," "Vitality," "Social functioning," "Role emotional" and "Mental health" showed significant differences between nulliparous and multiparous women, these subscales showed significant interactions. Our results suggest that pregnant women need support, regardless of the number of deliveries. Appropriate supports to pregnant women will be available to improve the birth rate in developed countries.
Keywords: Fertility rate / Medical Outcomes Study Short Form (SF-36) / Number of deliveries / Quality of Life (QOL)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/16823
ISSN: 00016055
Relational Links: http://joi.jlc.jst.go.jp/JST.JSTAGE/amn/52.95
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 52, No. 4

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/16823

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