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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 6135080, 10 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6135080
Research Article

Higher Income and Integration into the Workforce Are the Main Factors Associated with Quality of Life in Acromegalic Patients in Northeastern Brazil

1Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Public Health, The Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), São Luís, MA, Brazil
2Presidente Dutra University Hospital of The Federal University of Maranhão (HUUPD-UFMA), São Luís, MA, Brazil
3Clinical Research Center, UFMA, São Luís, MA, Brazil
4Graduate Program in Child and Adult Health, Department of Medicine, UFMA, São Luís, MA, Brazil
5Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Public Health, UFMA, São Luís, MA, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to Adriana Maria GuimarãesSá; moc.liamg@5052acird

Received 18 August 2017; Revised 14 December 2017; Accepted 10 January 2018; Published 27 February 2018

Academic Editor: John Ayuk

Copyright © 2018 Adriana Maria GuimarãesSá et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To identify the factors associated with quality of life in patients with acromegaly with follow-up at the referral service in neuroendocrinology of the state of Maranhão, northeast Brazil. Methods. The Acromegaly Quality of Life Questionnaire (Acro-QoL) was used. Factors independently associated with quality of life were identified using multivariate linear regression, with values < 0.05 considered significant. Results. The multivariate linear regression analysis indicated a positive association between being integrated into the job market and quality of life scores in the overall domain (, ), psychological domain (, ), and personal relationship domain (, ). We also observed a positive association with income and the quality of life scores in all domains as follows: overall domain (, ), physical domain (, ), psychological domain (, ), physical appearance domain (, ), and personal relationship domain (, ). Conclusion. For patients with acromegaly living in one of the least developed regions of Brazil, integration into the job market and a higher income were associated with a better quality of life.