edoc

Comorbidity of infectious diseases and anxiety disorders in adults and its association with quality of life: a community study

Witthauer, Cornelia and Gloster, Andrew T. and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Goodwin, Renee D. and Lieb, Roselind. (2014) Comorbidity of infectious diseases and anxiety disorders in adults and its association with quality of life: a community study. Frontiers in public health, 2. Article 80.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Available under License CC BY (Attribution).

711Kb

Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6298917

Downloads: Statistics Overview

Abstract

Infectious diseases and anxiety disorders are common and both are associated with substantial burden to individual, families, and society. A better understanding of their association may be helpful in explicating possible etiological mechanisms related to both. The goal of the current study was to investigate the relationship between specific infectious diseases and anxiety disorders among adults in the community, and to examine whether the co-occurrence of the two is associated with poorer quality of life compared to subjects with one or neither condition.; We used data from the 1998 German Mental Health survey with 4181 subjects aged 18-65. Various infectious diseases (lifetime) and health-related quality of life were assessed via self-report questionnaires and anxiety disorders (past 12-months) were diagnosed using M-CIDI interviews. Logistic regression analyses were used to evaluate the association between infectious diseases and anxiety disorders; a linear model adjusted for sex was used to examine whether comorbidity of infectious diseases and anxiety disorders was associated with quality of life.; Whooping cough [odds ratio (OR) = 1.69, 95% confidence intervals (CI) = 1.36-2.09], scarlet fever (OR = 1.31, 95% CI = 1.02-1.68), and diphtheria (OR = 1.79, 95% CI = 1.21-2.64) were associated with increased prevalence of any anxiety disorder. Subjects with both infectious diseases and anxiety disorders reported lower levels of both mental and physical quality of life, compared with subjects with only one or neither condition.; Extending prior research, this study suggests a relationship between specific infectious diseases and anxiety disorders in an adult community sample. Research targeting etiological mechanisms related to the interplay between infectious diseases and anxiety disorders is warranted.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind and Witthauer, Cornelia and Gloster, Andrew and Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Frontiers Media
ISSN:2296-2565
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
Identification Number:
Last Modified:31 Dec 2015 10:56
Deposited On:07 Nov 2014 08:28

Repository Staff Only: item control page