Quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a pilot study

Rheumatol Int. 2007 Aug;27(10):895-9. doi: 10.1007/s00296-007-0315-8. Epub 2007 Jan 25.


The aims of this study were to evaluate quality of life (QOL) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to determine the relationship between QOL and clinical condition/functional status. Forty-six AS patients (37 males) were included in the study. The demographic data of the patients were recorded. Disease activity Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), enthesitis involvement Mander Ehthesis Index (MEI), functional evaluation Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), and quality of life Short-Form 36 (SF-36) were assessed. The mean age of the patients was 39.2 (SD: 11. 46) years. Most MEI was found related to physical function (P = 0.014), physical role (P = 0. 01), pain (P = 0.002) and vitality (P = 0.004) in SF-36 subgroups. Among the subgroups, the best correlations with the general health was found in BASDAI (P = 0.014) and secondly in MEI (P = 0.038). None of the mental health and social function subgroups had any significant correlation with any of the parameters (P > 0.05). A significant relationship was found between the emotional role and BASFI, and chest expansion (P = 0.004). Clinical and functional state were affecting QOL of patients with AS. It has been found out that in patients with AS, the QOL subgroups are mostly related with enthesis involvement.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / complications
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / epidemiology
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / physiopathology*
  • Turkey / epidemiology