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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 10/2015

10-04-2015 | Brief Communication

Anxiety and insomnia as modifiable risk factors for somatic symptoms in Chinese: a general population-based study

Auteurs: Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong, Kelvin Ki-Wan Chan

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 10/2015

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Abstract

Objective

This study aims at investigating the stressors that increased the risk of somatic symptoms in the general Chinese population.

Methods

Chinese participants (n = 202) were recruited in a population-based household survey. Somatic symptoms were measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire-15, while potential stressors that increased the risk of somatic symptoms were measured by the Perceived Stress Scale, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Insomnia Severity Index and ENRICHD Social Support Instrument.

Results

Structured multiphase regression modeling showed that female gender (estimated coefficient = 1.47, 95 % CI .7–2.24, p < .001), history of childhood adversities (estimated coefficient = .41, 95 % CI .06–.76, p = .023), employed (estimated coefficient = .87, 95 % CI .003–1.74, p = .049), a high level of anxiety (estimated coefficient = .26, 95 % CI .17–.36, p < .001) and severe insomnia (estimated coefficient = .11, 95 % CI .04–.18, p = .003) are significant stressors for increasing the risks of somatic symptoms in the Chinese population.

Conclusion

Physical and psychological symptoms are intertwined. It was recommended that reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality would be helpful to reduce somatic symptoms. These findings help in early identification and treatment of Chinese adults with persisting somatization.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Anxiety and insomnia as modifiable risk factors for somatic symptoms in Chinese: a general population-based study
Auteurs
Janet Yuen-Ha Wong
Daniel Yee-Tak Fong
Kelvin Ki-Wan Chan
Publicatiedatum
10-04-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 10/2015
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-015-0984-9