CERVIVA researcher, Mr Alan Ó Céilleachair, recently presented his work on health-related quality of life in women after colposcopy at the iHEA World Cognress 2015 in Milan. The iHEA (International Health Economics Association) Congress is an annual event at which important topics related to the economics of health are discussed by health economists from all over the world e.g. nutrition, cancer and other related health issues.
Each year several thousand women in Ireland require a hospital-based colposcopy examination to follow-up cervical abnormalities detected through the national cervical screening programme. The work presented at the Congress was based on results from a longitudinal study that involved women completing postal surveys at three timepoints (4, 8 and 12 months) after colposcopy. The surveys included questions on women’s psychological wellbeing and health-related quality of life following colposcopy and related procedures (e.g. problems with walking or performing usual activities and pain/discomfort). Mr Ó Céilleachair’s analysis focused on the four month survey.
The findings revealed several important factors associated with women’s health-related quality of life following colposcopy. In particular, a history of depression was associated with a lower quality of life, while those without a medical card enjoyed a higher quality of life after colposcopy.
The results provide useful insight into the quality of life among women following colposcopy. The next phase in the study will be to analyse quality of life following colposcopy over the three survey timepoints.
For a copy of the presentation abstract, click here.