Health-related quality of life, psychological distress, and symptom burden in an Asian population of outpatients with atrial fibrillation

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Background:Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and has debilitating effects on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and psychological statuses.Aim:To investigate the HRQoL, psychological distress, and symptom burden, and to identify the significant influencing factors of HRQoL among outpatients with AF in Singapore.Methods:We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive correlational study of a sample of 116 outpatients with AF. Data were collected using 12-item Short Form Health Survey, Atrial Fibrillation Effect on Quality of Life scale, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), and University of Toronto Atrial Fibrillation Symptom Severity (AFSS) scale.Results:Symptom burden and psychological distress significantly influenced the AF-specific HRQoL while symptom burden, unemployment and comorbidity of heart failure were significantly associated with poorer general physical health. Psychological distress was the only significant factor influencing the mental health.Conclusion:Optimal symptom management is crucial for better HRQoL in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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