3619 : HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AND FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER LIMB FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH SYMPTOMATIC KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Author(s): 
Lee, Jae Ho; Shin, Ho Cheol; Kim, Cheol Hwan
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Poster
Research Based
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of disability, particularly in the elderly. The factors determining disability remain unclear and have not been defined in Korea. The aim of this study was to assess the various aspects of the quality of life, and to define the determinant factors of disability in patients with knee OA.
METHODS: The Korean version of AIMS2 (K-AIMS2) and CMCHS(Catholic Medical Centre Health Survey) were administered to a cohort of 239 outpatients with symptomatic OA of the knee who attended 7 participating University Hospitals in Seoul, llsan and Taejon. The scores of K-AIMS212 subscales by demographic variables and body mass index were compared using Student !-test. And the determinant factors of the lower extremity disability were analysed by stepwise multiple regression method
RESULTS: Study subjects(n=239) were 61.6±9.1 years old, comprised 197(82.4%) females and 42(17.6%) males, had been sick with knee osteoarthritis for 6.2± 6.5 years, and had 24.7± 3.1kg/? BMI. Among K-AIMS2 12 subscales 'Walking and bending'(5.82±2.17), 'Arthritis pain'(5.19±1.98), 'Social activities'(3.97±2.04), and 'Mobility level'(3.61± 1.74) showed high scores, while subscales related with upper extremities function showed low scores, reflecting the construct validity of K-AIMS2 in patients with symptomatic knee OA. After adjustment for the presence of socio-demographic variables, we found out bodily pain(PCONCLUSION: It is recommendable that the knee OA patients should be treated properly in the emotional aspect as well as the bodily pain aspect. In addition, it is suggested that education level be considered as an important factor when teaching the OA patients about coping with knee disabilities.
Topic: Clinical Practice