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Quality of life and health care consumption in primary care patients with elevated serum calcium concentrations in - a prospective, case control, study

Journal article
Authors Sofia Dalemo
Robert Eggertsen
Per Hjerpe
Svante Jansson
Kristina Bengtsson Boström
Published in BMC Family Practice
Volume 15
Issue 84
ISSN 1471-2296
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-15-84
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Abstract

Abstract Background Patients with elevated calcium concentrations have an increased morbidity due to various underlying illnesses. However, there is a lack of studies of quality of life and health care consumption in patients with hypercalcaemia per se. The study aims to investigate quality of life and health care consumption, as measured by, sick leave, drug prescriptions and the number of visits and admissions to health care centres and hospitals, in primary care patients with elevated calcium concentrations. Methods A prospective, case control, study in primary care centre, in Sweden. Patients with elevated, (n = 127, 28 men), and normal calcium concentrations, (n = 254, 56 men), mean age 61.4 year, were recruited in the study and followed during 10 years. Eighty-six percent of those alive at the time of follow up participated in a follow up visit. The study participants completed a quality of life survey, SF-36, which also were compared with the Swedish SF-36 national normative database. Results Patients with elevated calcium concentrations had significantly lower quality of life both compared with the control group (patients with normal calcium concentrations) and compared with age and gender-matched reference material from the Swedish SF-36 national normative database. The group with elevated calcium concentrations had significantly more hospitalisations (p = 0.017), subsequently cancer diagnoses (p < 0.003), sick leave (p = 0.007) and medication (p = 0.002) compared with patients with normal calcium concentrations. Men with elevated calcium concentrations had more contacts with the psychosocial team (p = 0.02) at the health care centre. Conclusions Elevated calcium concentrations are associated with significantly reduced quality of life and increased health care consumption and should therefore be an important warning flag that should alert the physician to further investigate and care for the patient. This is the first study in this field and the results need to be confirmed in further studies.

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