OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of urinary symptoms of Painful Bladder/Pelvic Pain Syndrome and Radiation Cystitis (PBCPPS) on the Quality of Life, and self-esteem of the patient.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: An observational, multicenter, epidemiological and cross-sectional study was performed on patients with Painful Bladder/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome and Radiation Cystitis. Data was recorded on severity of urinary symptoms and QoL impairment using the PUF Score. The patients evaluated the QoL deterioration grade through the King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ), and the level of their anxiety and self-esteem with the Goldberg's Anxiety Scale (GAS) and Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), respectively. Post-hoc comparisons were performed between the results of the KHQ of this study and a sample of patients with urinary incontinence (UI). Results on RSES were analyzed with data from the general population and from patients with erectile dysfunction.
RESULTS: A total of 530 cases, mostly female patients, who had been diagnosed with PBCPPS, were analyzed. High levels of deterioration in QoL were described: KHQ scores were significantly higher when compared with patients with UI (P< .01). Involvement of self-esteem was higher in patients with RC and men, who obtained scores similar to those of patients with erectile dysfunction.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with Painful Bladder Syndrome/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome and Radiation Cystitis present high levels of anxiety, and significant reductions in both quality of life and self-esteem. Especially for men, this affectation is similar to that caused by erectile dysfunction.
Rapariz-González M, Castro-Díaz D, Mejía-Rendón D. Are you the author?
Servicio de Urología, Hospiten Clínica Roca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España; Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, Tenerife, España; Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España.
Reference: Actas Urol Esp. 2013 Dec 18. pii: S0210-4806(13)00356-2.
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