Quality of life in chronic pancreatitis: Measurement tools in res | 8253
Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy

Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy
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Quality of life in chronic pancreatitis: Measurement tools in research

International Conference on Pancreatic Disorders and Treatment

October 17-19, 2016 Chicago, USA

Jan Chrastina

Palack�?½ University, Czech Republic

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Pancreat Disord Ther

Abstract :

Introduction: Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is an exhausting, long-term illness with a number of uncomfortable symptoms, which are dominated by pain. It is not a common illness and its occurrence is highly increasing. Objective: (1) To discover which of the measurement tools were used for the assessment of quality of life (QoL) in patients suffer from CP. (2) To search for a specific validated and standardized tool for CP only. (3) To summarize the main areas of symptomatology that dominated the decrease overall in QoL in CP patients. Methods: The thematic analysis, comparison, critical discussion and summarization of the available results (2000 and 2014 in relevant databases due to predefined criteria and research question) were used. Results: SQUALA (1 study); SF-36 (4 studies); SF-12 (6 studies); EORTC QLQ-C30 in the form of QLQ-PAN26 (3 studies). A specific and new tool is PANQOLI (1 study). The most significant factor of decreased QoL included pain; other factors were: chronic diarrhea, digestion issues, diabetes mellitus, severity and length of disease, number of relapses and co-morbidities, loss of job, unemployment, early retirement, financial issues, sleeping issues, fatigue. On the contrary, the aetiology had no effect on QoL; the same applies to surgery or endoscopic therapies. Conclusion: To assess QoL were used subjective QoL questionnaires specific for chronic illnesses, and a questionnaire originally intended for patients with tumor diseases. This shows a degree of interest in the area of QoL in CP patients. A great challenge is the standardization/linguistic validation of the PANQOLI in the various socio-cultural environments.

Biography :

Jan Chrastina is an Assistant Professor and has completed his PhD (Nursing) from Faculty of Health Sciences, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. He is the Executive Editor of Journal of Exceptional People. He has published more than 40 papers and book chapters. He has focused on chronic illnesses (subjective) research, lifestyle research, disability studies research and methodological designs of research activities. He has used mainly qualitative approaches.