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Association between unmet healthcare needs and health-related quality of life: a longitudinal study

Authors
 Yeong Jun Ju  ;  Tae Hyun Kim  ;  Kyu-Tae Han  ;  Hyo Jung Lee  ;  Woorim Kim  ;  Sang Ah Lee  ;  Eun-Cheol Park 
Citation
 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol.27(4) : 631-637, 2017 
Journal Title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN
 1101-1262 
Issue Date
2017
Abstract
Background: As life expectancy has increased overall, health-related quality of life is now more important than ever. This is especially relevant in countries such as South Korea that are concerned about unmet healthcare needs and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Thus, we investigated the relationship between unmet healthcare needs and HRQoL in the general population.

Methods: We used data from the 2011 to 2013 Korea Health Panel Survey, which included data from 8150 baseline participants of 19 years of age or older. We measured HRQoL using the EQ-5D and EQ-VAS indices. In addition, we used generalized estimating equations to perform a longitudinal regression analysis.

Results: Approximately 13.1% of the participants (n = 1068) experienced unmet healthcare needs. Individuals with unmet healthcare needs due to economic hardship tended to have lower values than those without unmet healthcare needs for EQ-5D and EQ-VAS indices (EQ-5D: -2.688, P < 0.0001; EQ-VAS: -5.256, P < 0.0001). Additionally, when stratified by gender, both male and female subjects who had unmet healthcare needs and low economic status had a drastic decrease in HRQoL regardless of the reasons for their unmet healthcare needs.

Conclusions: Unmet healthcare needs influences HRQoL, which was more pronounced in economically vulnerable groups. Thus, interventions to address HRQoL problems should focus on implementing a guarantee of healthcare services for economically vulnerable groups.
Full Text
https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/27/4/631/2951099
DOI
10.1093/eurpub/ckw264
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Tae Hyun(김태현) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1053-8958
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/160363
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