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Medical care utilization status and quality of life in diabetes mellitus patients

당뇨병환자의 의료이용 현황과 삶의 질

  • Lim, Ji-Hye (Dept. of healthcare management, Youngsan University) ;
  • Oh, Chang-Seok (Dept. of healthcare management, Youngsan University)
  • 임지혜 (영산대학교 의료경영학과) ;
  • 오창석 (영산대학교 의료경영학과)
  • Received : 2013.08.28
  • Accepted : 2013.10.20
  • Published : 2013.10.28

Abstract

This study aims to identify utilization status of medical care and factors to affect quality of life in diabetes mellitus patients. The research selected 6,146 adults aged over 50, who appeared with EQ-5D, from the Korean health panel. We analyzed states of medical care utilization using descriptive statistics. Multiple regression analysis was used to examine the main factors associated with quality of life in diabetes patients. The result shows that quality of life(EQ-5D) in diabetes is significantly associated with gender, age, insurance type, education level, household income, diabetes ambulatory medical cost and the number of ambulatory medical utilization for other diseases. Females, higher age, lower levels of education, medicaid, the lower household income, the higher diabetes ambulatory medical cost, and the higher the number of ambulatory medical utilization for other diseases were the significant factors of lower quality of life. Therefore, it is necessary to develop effective social programs and individualized approach to improve the quality of life in diabetes patients. In the future, these findings can be used as important data for health care policy and assessment.

Keywords

Korean health panel;Diabetes mellitus;quality of life;medical utilization;income