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Sexual dysfunction and its determinants in Malaysian women with rheumatoid arthritis

Shahar, Mohammad Arif and Hussein, Heselyn and Sidi, Hatta and Shah, Shamsul Azhar and Mohamed Said, Mohd Shahrir (2012) Sexual dysfunction and its determinants in Malaysian women with rheumatoid arthritis. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 15 (5). pp. 468-477. ISSN 1756-185X

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AIM: To determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction (FSD) among women with rheumatoid arthritis attending the Rheumatology Clinic in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) and Hospital Putrajaya, Malaysia, and to determine its associations with potential clinical and disease activity factors. METHOD : This was a cross-sectional study involving women with rheumatoid arthritis between the ages of 20 and 60 years. A validated Malay Version Female Sexual Function Index (MVFSFI) was administered to diagnose FSD. Sociodemographic and disease activity profiles were obtained and those who had and did not have FSD were compared. RESULTS: Among 63 respondents, 51 patients were included in the analysis for FSD. The prevalence of FSD in women with rheumatoid arthritis attending UKMMC and Hospital Putrajaya Rheumatology Clinic was 29.4%. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and Disease Activity Score in 28 joints (DAS28-ESR) correlates with MVFSFI score with r = −0.364 (P = 0.009) and r = −0.268 (P = 0.057), respectively. Sociodemographic factors that correlate with MVFSFI score were: patient's age (r = 0.520, P < 0.001); duration of marriage (r = −0.355, P = 0.001); husband's age (r = −0.460, P = 0.001); age of oldest child (r = −0.449, P = 0.001); and age of youngest child (r = −0.627, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION : We found in this study that the prevalence of FSD in rheumatoid arthritis in our centers was 29.4%. Age and family dynamics appear to be more important predictors compared to disease activity.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5471/25794
Uncontrolled Keywords: rheumatoid arthritis, sexual dysfuntion
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Internal Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Mohammad Arif Shahar
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 10:06
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 08:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/25794

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