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16-01-2020 | Uitgave 6/2020

Quality of Life Research 6/2020

Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) associated with echinococcosis patients in Tibetan communities in Shiqu County, China: a case–control study

Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 6/2020
Xuzheng Shan, Yun Chen, Kaicheng Liu, Sui Zhang, Jun Yu, Jie Yin, Lang Kaji, Ruihong Song, Yongqin Wang, Yu Wang, Yi Qing, Shiyun Li, Ze Yang, Hongbin Zhang
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Xuzheng Shan, Yun Chen and Kaicheng Liu contributed equally to this work.

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Echinococcosis is a chronic neglected zoonotic disease with high endemic in western China. The aim of the study was to evaluate the Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in patients with echinococcosis in Tibetan communities for investigating the physical and mental health challenges faced by the echinococcosis patients and meeting community health needs.


The HRQoL was measured with 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) questionnaire in the case–control study. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) method was used to analyze the data.


50 echinococcosis patients were collected in study group and divided into three subgroups by the duration of staying on albendazole tablets. 52 healthy individuals were collected in control group. In physical quality of life, the duration of staying on albendazole tables influenced the PF (F = 6.661, P < 0.001), RP (F = 3.130, P = 0.029), and GH (F = 4.105, P = 0.008). In mental quality of life, the duration of staying on albendazole tables influenced the SF (F = 10.764, P < 0.001) and RE (F = 5.573, P = 0.001). The income level was the important confounder in PF (F = 11.515, P = 0.001), GH (F = 10.315, P = 0.002), VT (F = 5.984, P = 0.016), and MH (F = 5.565, P = 0.020).


The HRQoL in people with echinococcosis is reduced in comparison with the healthy individuals. It is necessary to shorten the duration of treatment and adopt the special methods adapting the local culture to improve the health-related quality of life in Tibetan communities. Meanwhile, the economic improvement is the foundation.

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