Quality of life issues in women with vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1993 American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 750–756, June 1993
How to Cite
Cook, D. J., Guyatt, G. H., Adachi, J. D., Clifton, J., Griffith, L. E., Epstein, R. S. and Juneper, E. F. (1993), Quality of life issues in women with vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 36: 750–756. doi: 10.1002/art.1780360603
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 JAN 1993
- Manuscript Received: 19 AUG 1992
- Drs. Cook and Guyatt are Career Scientists
- Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Inc
Objective. To learn about the physical, emotional, and social limitations experienced by postmenopausal women who have back pain due to vertebral fractures resulting from osteoporosis.
Methods. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of female patients with persistent pain due to vertebral fractures.
Results. Respondents had a mean (±SD) bone density of 0.87 ± 0.13 gm/cm2 and a mean (±SD) of 2.48 ± 2.18 fractures. Disability was identified in pain, movement, activities of daily living, and emotion. There was a poor correlation between quality of life and findings on radiography or densitometry.
Conclusion. To evaluate the effects of osteoporosis on a patient's functional status, direct questioning is required.