BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In advanced age, the influence of vertebral fractures on quality of life extends well beyond the usual sequelae of osteoporosis. In order to intercept older subjects' distress associated with the clinical, functional, social and psychological consequences of the disease, we developed and validated a multidimensional instrument (the triple-Q questionnaire) tailored to older women with osteoporotic fractures. We also examined specific aspects of the questionnaire correlated with bone mineral density. METHODS: 100 osteoporotic women with vertebral fractures and 100 controls aged >65 years, underwent a thorough examination, which also included X-ray of the thoraco-lumbar spine, hip densitometry, the triple-Q questionnaire, and five referral instruments evaluating function, cognition, perception of general health, mood and pain. RESULTS: The questionnaire was repeatable and able to discriminate between older women with and without vertebral fractures. There was a strong association between referral instrument scores and the corresponding single domain score of the questionnaire. Femoral BMD was also associated with scores indicating fear of falling, fear of fracture, and pain. CONCLUSIONS: The questionnaire intercepted the influence of osteoporosis on the quality of life of elderly women with vertebral fractures. Subjects who suffered from severe pain and were more fearful of falling were most likely to be severely osteoporotic

Maggio, D., Ruggiero, C., Ercolani, S., Macchiarulo, M.c., Palmari, N., Luccioli, F., et al. (2010). A multi-dimensional questionnaire quantifying quality of life in elderly osteoporotic women: the Italian triple-Q Osteoporosis Study. AGING CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, 22(4), 330-339.

A multi-dimensional questionnaire quantifying quality of life in elderly osteoporotic women: the Italian triple-Q Osteoporosis Study.

GONNELLI, STEFANO
2010

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In advanced age, the influence of vertebral fractures on quality of life extends well beyond the usual sequelae of osteoporosis. In order to intercept older subjects' distress associated with the clinical, functional, social and psychological consequences of the disease, we developed and validated a multidimensional instrument (the triple-Q questionnaire) tailored to older women with osteoporotic fractures. We also examined specific aspects of the questionnaire correlated with bone mineral density. METHODS: 100 osteoporotic women with vertebral fractures and 100 controls aged >65 years, underwent a thorough examination, which also included X-ray of the thoraco-lumbar spine, hip densitometry, the triple-Q questionnaire, and five referral instruments evaluating function, cognition, perception of general health, mood and pain. RESULTS: The questionnaire was repeatable and able to discriminate between older women with and without vertebral fractures. There was a strong association between referral instrument scores and the corresponding single domain score of the questionnaire. Femoral BMD was also associated with scores indicating fear of falling, fear of fracture, and pain. CONCLUSIONS: The questionnaire intercepted the influence of osteoporosis on the quality of life of elderly women with vertebral fractures. Subjects who suffered from severe pain and were more fearful of falling were most likely to be severely osteoporotic
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