ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Factors Affecting the Quality of Life in Climacteric Women in Manisa Region
Ümit İnceboz 1, Hülya Demirci 2, Ayden Çoban 2, Sevgi Nehir 2, Ferda Özbaşaran 3
1Department of Obstetrics, Medical Faculty of Celal Bayar University, Manisa
2Department of Nursing, Manisa School of Health, Manisa
3Department of Nursing, Balıkesir School of Health, Balıkesir
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2008.01050.2
Pages : 111-116

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the factors affecting the severity of menopausal symptoms and the quality of life among women living in Manisa, a western city of Turkey.

Patients and Methods: After statistical estimation of the sample size reflecting the whole population, 268 climacteric women (mean age 50.7±6.6 years; range 40 to 60 years) with menopausal symptoms were investigated by sociodemographic questionnaire, menopause rating scale (MRS), and Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-BREF-TR) in Celal Bayar University Hospital.

Results: Almost 1/3 of women had no knowledge on menopause. The MRS scores of women were inversely correlated with Physical Health, Psychological well-being, Social Relationship domains of quality of life. Educational level, menopausal knowledge, participation in decision-making in the family and economic status positively affected most domains of quality of life, whereas being married and having high BMI scores had negative effects.

Conclusion: In climacteric women, quality of life was negatively affected by the severity of menopausal symptoms, low education level, limited menopausal knowledge, and being overweight.

Keywords : Quality of life; menopause; climacteric; MRS; WHOQOL-BREF
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