Inverse relationship between scores on the quality of life questionnaire SF-12 and on the Aging Males' Symptoms scale in Italian men

Giorgio Valenti, Massimo Capone, Gianni Forti, Marco Grasso, Vicenzo Mirone, Francesca Chiaffarino, Elena Ricci, Gianluca Appiani, Emilio Corti, Davide Fabbrica, Enzo Ferrario, Sergio Ghezzi, Marco Grendele, Paolo Maroni, Gianbattista Mazzoleni, Mario Nicolussi, Antonio Pinnavaria, Alberto Rossi, Vittorino Sala, Silvana SantoroGaetano Autore, Giovanni Avvento, Roberto Barra, Dario Brunetti, Aurelio Catalano, Vincenzo Girardi, Giuseppe Iovane, Federico Lettieri, Sergio Marescotti, Nicola Pelaggi, Gennaro Sica, Stefano Delcanale, Beatrice M. Gorreri, Carlo Maini, Fabrizio Peri, Emilio Sani, Mario Sisto, Anita Sullam, Giovanni Zanardi, Giuseppe Burgio, Alessandro Bussotti, Lucia Caldini, Lucia Gianelli, Nadia Gianni, Massimo Giuntoli, Massimo Guarducci, Alessio Nastruzzi, Rachele Pacileo, Riccardo Pirozzi, Lorenzo Pisani, Maurizio Puliti, Paola Rafanelli, Paolo Baron, Filippo Cocomazzi, Giovanni Cominetti, Gianfranco Matera, Gianfranco Panizzo, Denis Podrecca, Ivana Rupalti, Paolo Spagnul, Laura Ivana Tonelli, Onorino Venturini, Claudio Nardo, Fabio Parazzini

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Abstract

Objectives. To analyse the relation between results of the Aging Males' Symptoms (AMS) questionnaire for aging males, and of quality of life (QOL) questionnaire SF-12 and cardiovascular risk factors. Methods. 1,927 men aged 55-85 years were interviewed by 56 general practitioners. During the interview the men were asked to fill in the AMS scale and the QOL questionnaire SF-12. Results. Of 1,927 men 1,806 men filled correctly the AMS questionnaire. The mean SF-12 mental index was respectively 55.9 in men with a total AMS score indicating no impairment, 50.9 mild, 42.8 moderate, and 32.8 severe impairment. The corresponding values for the physical index were 51.2, 46.7, 40.8 and 32.3. A history of diabetes was associated with an increased risk of reporting moderate/severe impairment: in relation to the total AMS score the odds ratio, (OR), of moderate/severe impairment in comparison with no impairment was 1.6 (95%CI 1.2-2.1). A history of myocardial infarction and hypertension increased the risk (respectively OR 1.4 (95%CI 1.1-18) and 1.7 (95%CI 1.2-2.4)). Conclusions. This study shows that higher AMS scores are associated with lower SF-12 indices and suggests that elevated values of the AMS score are associated with cardiovascular risk factors or diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalAging Male
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Aging male
  • Epidemiology
  • Quality of life
  • Risk factors
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Valenti, G., Capone, M., Forti, G., Grasso, M., Mirone, V., Chiaffarino, F., Ricci, E., Appiani, G., Corti, E., Fabbrica, D., Ferrario, E., Ghezzi, S., Grendele, M., Maroni, P., Mazzoleni, G., Nicolussi, M., Pinnavaria, A., Rossi, A., Sala, V., ... Parazzini, F. (2008). Inverse relationship between scores on the quality of life questionnaire SF-12 and on the Aging Males' Symptoms scale in Italian men. Aging Male, 11(2), 77-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/13685530701791262