Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007 , Vol 53 , Num 2

Quality of Life and Depression in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

1 ,Abdurrahman Altındağ 2 ,Neslihan Soran 3 ,Ahmet Demirkol 3
2 Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa
3 Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa

Objective: This study was planned to evaluate depression level and quality of life in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. 

Materials and Methods: Sociodemographic characteristics were gathered using a sociodemographic information form. The depression level was evaluated by Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), health related quality of life was evaluated by Assessment of Health Related Quality of Life in Osteoporosis (ECOS-16) and the severity of the pain was measured by visual analogue scale (VAS).

Results: We observed that HAM-D scores and the VAS scores were higher in patients with osteoporosis (p<0.001, for both). ECOS-16 scores were greater in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis than in healthy controls (p< 0.001), further ECOS-16 scores was negatively correlated with bone mineral density in femoral neck and lumbar region (r=-0.405, p<0.001, r=0.404, p<0.001).

Conclusion: It is possible to conclude that quality of life and psychological status may be impaired in osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women may need not only drug treatment but also psychological support in the management of osteoporosis. 

Keywords : Postmenopausal osteoporosis, depression, quality of life