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Life satisfaction and morbidity among postmenopausal women

Lukkala, Pyry S., Honkanen, Risto J., Rauma, Päivi H., Williams, Lana J., Quirk, Shae E., Kröger, Heikki and Koivumaa-Honkanen, Heli 2016, Life satisfaction and morbidity among postmenopausal women, PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147521.

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Title Life satisfaction and morbidity among postmenopausal women
Author(s) Lukkala, Pyry S.
Honkanen, Risto J.
Rauma, Päivi H.
Williams, Lana J.ORCID iD for Williams, Lana J. orcid.org/0000-0002-1377-1272
Quirk, Shae E.
Kröger, Heikki
Koivumaa-Honkanen, Heli
Journal name PLoS One
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2016-01-22
ISSN 1932-6203
Summary OBJECTIVE: To investigate associations between morbidity and global life satisfaction in postmenopausal women taking into account type and number of diseases.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 11,084 women (age range 57-66 years) from a population-based cohort of Finnish women (OSTPRE Study) responded to a postal enquiry in 1999. Life satisfaction was measured with a 4-item scale. Self-reported diseases diagnosed by a physician and categorized according to ICD-10 main classes were used as a measure of morbidity. Enquiry data on health and lifestyle were used as covariates in the multivariate logistic models.

RESULTS: Morbidity was strongly associated with life dissatisfaction. Every additional disease increased the risk of life dissatisfaction by 21.1% (p < .001). The risk of dissatisfaction was strongest among women with mental disorders (OR = 5.26; 95%CI 3.84-7.20) and neurological disorders (OR = 3.62; 95%CI 2.60-5.02) compared to the healthy (each p < .001). Smoking, physical inactivity and marital status were also associated with life dissatisfaction (each p < .001) but their introduction to the multivariate model did not attenuate the pattern of associations.

CONCLUSIONS: Morbidity and life dissatisfaction have a disease-specific and dose-dependent relationship. Even if women with mental and neurological disorders have the highest risk for life dissatisfaction, monitoring life satisfaction among aging women regardless of disorders should be undertaken in order to intervene the joint adverse effects of poor health and poor well-being.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0147521
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083865

Document type: Journal Article
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