Ethnic differences in health related quality of life for patients with type 2 diabetes

T. Jhita, S. Petrou, A. Gumbar, Ala Szczepura, N. T. Raymond, S. Bellary

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Background The objective of this study was to investigate the association between ethnicity and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods The EuroQol EQ-5D measure was administered to 1,978 patients with type 2 diabetes in the UK Asian Diabetes Study (UKADS): 1,486 of south Asian origin (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or other south Asian) and 492 of white European origin. Multivariate regression using ordinary least square (OLS), Tobit, fractional logit and Censored Least Absolutes Deviations estimators was used to estimate the impact of ethnicity on both visual analogue scale (VAS) and utility scores for the EuroQol EQ-5D. Results Mean EQ-5D VAS and utility scores were lower among south Asians with diabetes compared to the white European population; the unadjusted effect on the mean EQ-5D VAS score was −7.82 (Standard error [SE] = 1.06, p 
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes
Issue number83
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Health related quality of life
  • EQ-5D
  • Ethnicity
  • South Asian


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