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Do urinary tract infections affect morale among very old women?
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9065-0677
Umeå University.
University of Buskerud.
Umeå University.
2010 (English)In: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, ISSN 1477-7525, E-ISSN 1477-7525, Vol. 8, p. 73-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common bacterial infections in women of all ages but the incidence increases with older age. Despite the fact that UTI is a common problem it is still poorly investigated regarding its connection with experienced health and morale. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of a diagnosed, symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) with or without ongoing treatment on morale or subjective wellbeing among very old women.

Methods:In a cross-sectional, population-based study, 504 women aged 85 years and older (range 84-104) were evaluated for ongoing UTI. Of these, 319 (63.3%), were able to answer the questions on the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale (PGCMS) which was used to assess morale or subjective wellbeing.

Results: In the present study sample of 319 women, 46 (14.4%) were diagnosed as having had a UTI with or without ongoing treatment when they were assessed. Women with UTI with or without ongoing treatment had significantly lower PGCMS scores (10.4 vs 11.9, p = 0.003) than those without UTI, indicating a significant impact on morale or subjective wellbeing among very old women. Depression (p < 0.001), UTI (p = 0.014) and constipation (p = 0.018) were the medical diagnoses significantly and independently associated with low morale in a multivariate regression model.

Conclusions: As UTI seems to be independently associated with low morale or poor subjective wellbeing, there needs to be more focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of UTI in old women.

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BioMed Central, 2010. Vol. 8, p. 73-
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4518DOI: 10.1186/1477-7525-8-73ISI: 000282299700001PubMedID: 20650004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77954800674OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4518DiVA, id: diva2:382260
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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