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Psychosocial health and levels of employment in 851 hypopituitary Swedish patients on long-term GH therapy
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2013 (English)In: Psychoneuroendocrinology, ISSN 0306-4530, E-ISSN 1873-3360, Vol. 38, no 6, 842-852 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Context: The psychosocial health and working capacity in hypopituitary patients receiving long-term growth hormone (GH) therapy are unknown. Objective: Psychosocial health and levels of employment were compared between GH deficient (GHD) patients on long-term replacement and the general population. Design and participants: In a Swedish nationwide study, 851 GHD patients [101 childhood onset (CO) and 750 adult onset (AO)] and 2622 population controls answered a questionnaire regarding current living, employment and educational level, alcohol consumption and smoking habits. The median time on GH therapy for both men and women with CO GHD was 9 years and for AO GHD 6 years, respectively. Results: As compared to the controls, the GHD patients were less often working full time, more often on sick leave/disability pension, and to a larger extent alcohol abstainers and never smokers (all; P < 0.05). Predominantly CO GHD women and men, but to some extent also AO GHD women and men, lived less frequently with a partner and more often with their parents. Particularly AO GHD craniopharyngioma women used more antidepressants, while AO GHD men with a craniopharyngioma used more analgesics. Conclusions: A working capacity to the level of the general population was not achieved among hypopituitary patients, although receiving long-term GH therapy. Patients were less likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The CO GHD population lived a less independent life. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 38, no 6, 842-852 p.
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Psychosocial health employment, Hypopituitarism, Long-term hormone replacement, GH deficiency, GH therapy
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76262DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.008ISI: 000319540000011OAI: diva2:636000
Available from: 2013-07-08 Created: 2013-07-08 Last updated: 2013-07-08Bibliographically approved

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