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Time Trend of Health Related Quality of Life in Taiwan from 2001 to 2013

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sheng-Tsung Yu, Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Services Research, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institute, Taiwan, ROC, Miaoli County, Taiwan
Hsing-Yi Chang, DR.PH, Center for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Taiwan

Following the economic growth and the advances of medicine, life expectancy increases. However, whether the health related quality of life (HRQOL) follows the pattern is not clear. This study aims to examine the time trend of HRQOL and the associated factors.



PCS increased over time in both males and females. In MCS, males and females showed much clear increasing time trend. After adjusting for other demographic characteristics, there was a increasing time trend in PCS, males were higher than females, the youngest age group, higher education level, and family income had higher PCS. Similar trend was found in MCS, except for age and education level. The MCS was worse in people aged 19-24, 25-44, then bounced back after 45 years old. Those with higher education had lower MCS. Despise the increasing time trend in PCS and MCS, those with low family income always had the lowest HRQOL.


Even though HRQOL increased over time, the increasing patterns were different among demographic characteristics. Attention should be given to the low income group.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the time trend of HRQOL and the associated factors in Taiwan.

Keyword(s): Quality of Life, Taiwan Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the investigator of the survey, and supervise the study topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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