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Health-related quality of life among women in rural Bangladesh after surgical repair of obstetric fistula

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Title: Health-related quality of life among women in rural Bangladesh after surgical repair of obstetric fistula
Authors: Imoto, Atsuko / Matsuyama, Akiko / Ambauen-Berger, Beatrice / Honda, Sumihisa
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Citation: International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 130(1), pp.79-83; 2015
Abstract: Objective To identify factors influencing health-related quality of life (QOL) among women in Bangladesh after successful surgical repair of obstetric fistula. Methods In 2012, a cross-sectional study was conducted of women who had undergone a successful surgical repair of an obstetric fistula at a hospital in northwest Bangladesh between June 2005 and May 2012. Sociodemographic, obstetric, and fistula-related information was collected by interview. Health-related QOL was assessed using the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). Results A total of 113 women were included. Linear regression analysis showed that discrimination experiences negatively affected four of the eight scales of SF-36, as well as both the physical and mental component summaries (P < 0.05 for all). Married status had a positive effect on four scales and the mental component summary (P < 0.05 for all). Age inversely affected two scales and the physical component summary (P < 0.01 for all). Internalized stigma negatively influenced two scales (P < 0.05 for both). Not having living children and experiencing two or more previous stillbirths negatively influenced one scale (P < 0.05 for both). Conclusion Several factors influence health-related QOL after obstetric fistula repair; a comprehensive approach is needed to address these issues.
Keywords: Bangladesh / Obstetric fistula / Quality of life / Repair surgery
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/36025
ISSN: 00207292
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.01.018
Rights: © 2015 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Type: Journal Article
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