Quality of life of primary care patients in Rio de Janeiro and SãoPaulo, Brasil: associations with stressful life events and mental health

Flávia Batista Portugal Mônica Rodrigues Campos Daniel Almeida Gonçalves Jair de Jesus Mari Sandra Lúcia Correia Lima Fortes About the authors

Abstract

Quality of life (QoL) is a subjective construct, which can be negatively associated with factors such as mental disorders and stressful life events (SLEs). This article seeks to identify the association between socioeconomic and demographic variables, common mental disorders, symptoms suggestive of depression and anxiety, SLEs with QoL in patients attended in Primary Care (PC). It is a transversal study, conducted with 1,466 patients attended in PC centers in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2009 and 2010. Bivariate analysis was performed using the T-test and four multiple linear regressions for each QoL domain. The scores for the physical, psychological, social relations and environment domains were, respectively, 64.7; 64.2; 68.5 and 49.1. By means of multivariate analysis, associations of the physical domain were found with health problems and discrimination; of the psychological domain with discrimination; of social relations with financial/structural problems; of external causes and health problems; and of the environment with financial/structural problems, external causes and discrimination. Mental health variables, health problems and financial/structural problems were the factors negatively associated with QoL.

Quality of life; Stressful life events; Common mental disorder; Anxiety and depression; Primary care

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