Updated: 09/05/2014 00:02

Patients with prostate problems also suffer from anxiety, depression: NUH study



Patients with prostate problems also suffer from anxiety, depression: NUH study

A new National University Hospital study has found that about one in four men with urinary difficulties also suffer from psychological effects like anxiety and depression. 

The study found that patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia - a prostate disease which leads to urinary symptoms - were found to suffer poorer health-related quality of life and poor psychological well being.

Using the widely-used International Prostate Symptoms Score survey, the results showed that a large percentage indicated mixed to dissatisfied feelings for their quality of life, with a score of 3.3 out of 6, with 3 and above indicating mixed or dissatisfied feelings.

Head and Senior consultant, Department of Urology, NUH.Professor E. Kesavan said he hopes the findings would raise public awareness of the psychological effects of disease, educating patients to seek treatment. 

The study was done as a final year project for then National University of Singapore student Pinto Julian, alongside his NUS and NUH professors. 

It administered surveys on 97 male patients, aged 50 to 87, with the majority being Chinese. 

Professor Kesavan said about 15 per cent of patients with the disease would usually undergo surgery, but the surgery rate has dropped by 50 per cent since the mid 90s.

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