Health-related quality of life and costs in Sjögren's syndrome.

Miyamoto, Samira T, Valim, Valéria and Fisher, Benjamin A (2019) Health-related quality of life and costs in Sjögren's syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford, England). ISSN 1462-0332.

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Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has an increasing role in medical decision-making. This review of the literature aims to provide an overview on HRQoL, costs, and work disability in SS, a disease characterized by focal lymphocytic infiltration of exocrine glands with no therapeutics of proven immunomodulatory potential. HRQoL is markedly reduced in SS in multiple studies across many countries when compared with HRQoL in healthy controls. The reduction in HRQoL is similar to that observed in other chronic diseases such as RA, SLE, FM and, interestingly, non-SS sicca syndrome. Impaired HRQoL in SS has been found to be associated with fatigue, pain/articular involvement, ocular and oral involvement, pruritus, sexual dysfunction, impaired sleep, pulmonary manifestations, psychological dysfunction and impaired physical function. Until now, no therapeutic has been shown to improve HRQoL in an adequately powered double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial. Although primary SS does not, in general, impair life expectancy and is often inappropriately considered a benign 'nuisanvce' disease for those patients without systemic manifestations, the associated costs and work disability are striking. This, together with the significant reduction in HRQoL, strongly argues for the development of new therapeutic approaches to manage this neglected disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WD Diseases and disorders of systemic, metabolic or environmental origin > WD811 Rheumatology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Rheumatology
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Depositing User: Jennifer Manders
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 12:02
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 12:02

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