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Are there gender differences in quality of life and symptomatology between fibromyalgia patients?
Am J Mens Health. 2012 Jul; 6(4):314-9.AJ

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine gender differences in quality of life (QoL) and symptomatology in fibromyalgia (FM) patients. A total of 20 men (48.0 ± 8.0 years) and 78 women (49.8 ± 7.2 years) with FM participated in the study (age range 31-63 years). Health-related QoL and FM impact were assessed by means of the Spanish versions of the Short-Form-36 Health Survey (SF36) and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), respectively. Comparisons in QoL were performed using one-way analysis of covariance adjusted by age and body mass index (BMI), and comparisons in FIQ dimensions were performed using Mann-Whitney test. Overall FM impact, as measured by FIQ-total score (p = .01) and FIQ-physical impairment (p = .02) was higher in men, whereas women presented higher values of FIQ-fatigue and FIQ-morning tiredness (p = .04) and less SF36-vitality (p = .02). Therefore, women appear to feel more fatigue, whereas men present higher FM overall impact. Due to the small number of men included in this study and the consequent small statistical power, these results should be taken as preliminary. Higher powered studies are warranted to further address gender differences in FM in order to design more successful treatments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Granada, Granada, Spain. virginiaparicio@ugr.esNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22494975

Citation

Aparicio, Virginia A., et al. "Are There Gender Differences in Quality of Life and Symptomatology Between Fibromyalgia Patients?" American Journal of Men's Health, vol. 6, no. 4, 2012, pp. 314-9.
Aparicio VA, Ortega FB, Carbonell-Baeza A, et al. Are there gender differences in quality of life and symptomatology between fibromyalgia patients? Am J Mens Health. 2012;6(4):314-9.
Aparicio, V. A., Ortega, F. B., Carbonell-Baeza, A., Femia, P., Tercedor, P., Ruiz, J. R., & Delgado-Fernández, M. (2012). Are there gender differences in quality of life and symptomatology between fibromyalgia patients? American Journal of Men's Health, 6(4), 314-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988312436872
Aparicio VA, et al. Are There Gender Differences in Quality of Life and Symptomatology Between Fibromyalgia Patients. Am J Mens Health. 2012;6(4):314-9. PubMed PMID: 22494975.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are there gender differences in quality of life and symptomatology between fibromyalgia patients? AU - Aparicio,Virginia A, AU - Ortega,Francisco B, AU - Carbonell-Baeza,Ana, AU - Femia,Pedro, AU - Tercedor,Pablo, AU - Ruiz,Jonatan R, AU - Delgado-Fernández,Manuel, Y1 - 2012/04/11/ PY - 2012/4/13/entrez PY - 2012/4/13/pubmed PY - 2012/9/28/medline SP - 314 EP - 9 JF - American journal of men's health JO - Am J Mens Health VL - 6 IS - 4 N2 - The purpose of this study is to examine gender differences in quality of life (QoL) and symptomatology in fibromyalgia (FM) patients. A total of 20 men (48.0 ± 8.0 years) and 78 women (49.8 ± 7.2 years) with FM participated in the study (age range 31-63 years). Health-related QoL and FM impact were assessed by means of the Spanish versions of the Short-Form-36 Health Survey (SF36) and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), respectively. Comparisons in QoL were performed using one-way analysis of covariance adjusted by age and body mass index (BMI), and comparisons in FIQ dimensions were performed using Mann-Whitney test. Overall FM impact, as measured by FIQ-total score (p = .01) and FIQ-physical impairment (p = .02) was higher in men, whereas women presented higher values of FIQ-fatigue and FIQ-morning tiredness (p = .04) and less SF36-vitality (p = .02). Therefore, women appear to feel more fatigue, whereas men present higher FM overall impact. Due to the small number of men included in this study and the consequent small statistical power, these results should be taken as preliminary. Higher powered studies are warranted to further address gender differences in FM in order to design more successful treatments. SN - 1557-9891 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22494975/Are_there_gender_differences_in_quality_of_life_and_symptomatology_between_fibromyalgia_patients L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557988312436872?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -