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Metformin improved health-related quality of life in ethnic Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Overview of attention for article published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, August 2016
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Title
Metformin improved health-related quality of life in ethnic Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome
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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12955-016-0520-9
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Huang-Tz Ou, Pei-Chi Chen, Meng-Hsing Wu, Chung-Ying Lin

Abstract

Few studies have assessed whether the amelioration of the clinical signs of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) achieved by treatment leads to improvement in the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients. This study was aimed to examine the HRQoL of ethnic Chinese women with PCOS who received metformin treatment. This prospective study was conducted at a medical center in Taiwan. Study participants aged 18-45 years were diagnosed as having PCOS according to the Rotterdam criteria, and all received metformin treatment. Their HRQoL was assessed using generic (WHOQOL-Bref) and PCOS-specific (Chi-PCOSQ) instruments. Mixed effect models were used to examine the effects of metformin on repeatedly measured HRQoL. Additional analyses using stratified patients characteristics (overweight vs. normal; hyperandrogenism vs. non-hyperandrogenism) were done. We recruited 109 participants (56 % were overweight, 80 % had hyperandrogenism). Among the domain scores of WHOQOL-Bref, the psychological domain score was the lowest one (12.64 ± 2.2, range 4-20). Weight (3.25 ± 1.59, range 1-7) and infertility (3.38 ± 1.93, range 1-7) domain scores were relatively low among the domain scores of Chi-PCOSQ. Overweight and hyperandrogenic patients had significantly lower HRQoL as compared with those of normal weight and non-hyperandrogenic patients, respectively. Metformin significantly improved the physical domain of WHOQOL-Bref (p = 0.01), and the infertility (p = 0.043) and acne and hair loss aspects (p = 0.008) of PCOS-specific HRQoL. In the subgroup analysis, significantly improved HRQoL following metformin treatment appeared for only overweight and hyperandrogenism subgroups. Metformin might improve health-related quality of life of polycystic ovary syndrome women by ameliorating psychological disturbances due to acne, hair loss and infertility problems, especially for overweight and hyperandrogenic patients.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 84 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 17%
Student > Bachelor 13 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 6%
Student > Postgraduate 4 5%
Other 11 13%
Unknown 31 37%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 19 23%
Psychology 8 10%
Social Sciences 5 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 5%
Other 10 12%
Unknown 34 40%

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#9,821,431
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#924
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#2
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