Adulthood fracture and quality of life : A population-based study of Australian men

Dobbins,AG, Brennan,SL, Williams,LJ, Holloway,KL and Pasco,JA 2014, Adulthood fracture and quality of life : A population-based study of Australian men, Journal of Men's Health, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 171-176, doi: 10.1089/jomh.2014.0047.

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Title Adulthood fracture and quality of life : A population-based study of Australian men
Author(s) Dobbins,AG
Williams,LJORCID iD for Williams,LJ
Holloway,KLORCID iD for Holloway,KL
Pasco,JAORCID iD for Pasco,JA
Journal name Journal of Men's Health
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 171
End page 176
Total pages 6
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert Inc.
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1875-6867
Keyword(s) Australia
Quality of life
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary Background: Our objective was to investigate associations between adulthood fracture and quality of life (QOL) in men. Methods: For 448 men aged 50-85 years and enrolled in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study, we measured QOL using the validated (Australian) World Health Organization Quality of Life-Brief Version (WHOQOL-Bref) in the domains of physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and the environment. Self-reported adulthood fractures were categorized as recent or non-recent ( ≤ 10 years or > 10 years pre-QOL assessment, respectively). Lifestyle and health information were self-reported. Results: One hundred seventy four men (38.8%) sustained at least one fracture, 26% of which had occurred within the last 10 years. Compared with men who had never had an adulthood fracture, a non-recent fracture was more likely associated with poorer QOL in the physical health domain (age-adjusted odds ratio [OR] 0.47, 95% confidence interval [95%CI] 0.27-0.83), but not in any other domain. Men who had sustained a recent fracture reported a lower QOL in the domain of psychological health (age-adjusted OR 0.48, 95%CI 0.24-0.97), with a trend observed for lower QOL in the domains of physical health and environment. No further associations were observed. All results were sustained in further models that were adjusted for smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity, and body mass index. Conclusions: We present novel data examining associations between fracture status and QOL in a populationbased sample of Australian men using the WHOQOL-Bref. Recent fractures were associated with poorer QOL in the domain of psychological health while non-recent fractures were more likely associated poorer QOL for physical health. These findings have important implications for healthcare post-fracture.
Language eng
DOI 10.1089/jomh.2014.0047
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920504 Men's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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