Gender Disparities in Disease-specific Health Status in Postoperative Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

MH Mastenbroek, Sanne Hoeks, Susanne Pedersen, WJMSO Reimer, Michiel Voûte, Hence Verhagen

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Objectives: To investigate gender disparities in disease-specific health status (HS), 3- and 5-year post-intervention in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients. Design: Cohort study. Methods: Date of 711 consecutively enrolled vascular surgery patients were collected in 11 hospitals in The Netherlands in 2004. HS was assessed with the Peripheral Artery Questionnaire (PAQ). Our sample included patients for whom it was possible to calculate a PAQ summary score at 3- and 5-year follow-up (n = 351). Results: Women experienced worse physical health (52.1 vs. 62.0, P = 0.012), greater disability (64.5 vs. 71.1, P = 0.026), and worse overall HS (58.1 vs. 66.7, P = 0.007) at 3-year follow-up than men. At 5-year follow-up, however, male and female patients reported similar levels of HS. Mean changes in overall HS from 3- to 5-year follow-up were significantly different for men and women (-4.12 vs. 1.69, P = 0.014). In male patients, overall HS was significantly lower at 5-year follow-up compared Conclusions: Men and women experience different levels of HS over time. Attention should be. paid to gender disparities in postoperative PAD patients. (C) 2011 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)433-440
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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