Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2012 , Vol 15, Issue 1
Nurdan PAKER1, Derya BUĞDAYCI1, Didem DERE1, Demet TEKDÖŞ2, Elif ERBİL3, Çağlayan DERE1
1İstanbul Fizik Tedavi Rehabilitasyon Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon, İSTANBUL
2Malatya Devlet Hastanesi, Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon MALATYA
3Mardin Devlet Hastanesi, Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon MARDİN
Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the severity of osteoporosis and the quality of life (QoL) in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO).

Materials and Method: Two hundred and thirty three women with PMO according to the World Health Organization criteria were included in this study. Lumbar spine and proximal femur bone mineral density (BMD) was measured by Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA). QoL was assessed with QUALEFFO-41 Turkish version.

Results: The mean age was 65±8 years. The mean QUALEFFO score was 43.5±15.8. A significant negative correlation was found between the BMD of the lumbar spine, femoral neck and total femur and the QoL in women with PMO. The QoL of the women with PMO who had vertebral fractures was worse than that of PMO patients' without vertebral fractures (p<0.05). Women with vertebral fractures had significantly lower BMD values at the lumbar spine and proximal femur regions compared to the patients without vertebral fractures (p<0.05).

Conclusion: As a result, a significant relationship was found between the bone density of the lumbar spine and proximal femur and the QoL in women with PMO. Keywords : Osteoporotic Fractures; Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal; Quality of Life