The relationships between drug therapy and health-related quality of life in 1054 patients who received care from Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMCs) were assessed. Patients at high risk for drug-related problems were enrolled into a pharmaceutical care study at nine VAMCs. On enrollment, the short form (SF)-36 was completed and medical records were examined for evidence of coexisting illness. Drug therapy in the year before enrollment was analyzed in relation to SF-36 scores. Mean ± SD SF-36 scores ranged from 37.99 ± 41.70 for role physical to 70.78 ± 18.97 for mental health domains, with all domain scores significantly below age-adjusted national norms (p<0.05). Patients taking a drug that required therapeutic monitoring had significantly lower SF-36 scores (p=0.0001 to p=0.0033) across all domains except for bodily pain and mental health, compared with patients not taking these agents.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)