Effect of intensity and location of local musculoskeletal pain on quality of life in elderly, Kerman, Iran

AUTHORS

Esmat Nouhi 1 , Roghayeh Mehdipour Rabari 2 , * , Abbas Abasszadeh 3

1 PhD of Nursing, Center of Neuroscience Research, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

2 Master of Nursing, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor Department of Nursing, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

How to Cite: Nouhi E, Mehdipour Rabari R, Abasszadeh A. Effect of intensity and location of local musculoskeletal pain on quality of life in elderly, Kerman, Iran, Hormozgan Med J. 2012 ; 15(4):e88507.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 15 (4); e88507
Published Online: June 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 23, 2010
Accepted: June 15, 2011

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Abstract

Introduction: There is high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in the elderly. The better
life is main challenge in today's world and the quality of life is essential. The experience of
elderly with musculoskeletal pain and its impact on their quality of life (QOL) was not
described in detail.
Methods: Our research was cross-sectional study conducted in Kerman. 277 elderly
participated in the study. Data were collected using SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. Data
were analyzed using, t-test, and ANOVA.
Results: 122 men and 155 women with mean age of 71.5 (SD=6) were investigated in
this study. Pain prevalence was 79.8%. The mean pain intensity was 4.3 (SD=1.4) and the
average number of pain sites was 2 (SD=1.7). Quality of life in women was less than men
in many dimensions (P<0.05). Quality of life at participants with musculoskeletal pain was
significantly lower than that in participants without musculoskeletal pain (P<0.05).
Conclusion: This study confirmed that musculoskeletal pain is frequent in the elderly and a
high proportion of elderly suffer from multiple pains and subsequent lower quality of life.

Keywords

Pain - Quality of Life - Elderly

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