Objective. Aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are important for assessing perceived health status and treatment burden. We evaluated HRQoL using Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) and factors associated with HRQoL. Methods. We collected basic and lifestyle-related, clinical, and treatment characteristics among 119 female Japanese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Odds ratios (ORs) and their 95% confidence intervals were assessed for associations between HRQoL and selected factors. Results. Irregularity of sleep was significantly associated with risk of lower role physical (RP) (OR = 8.27), vitality (VT) (OR = 8.45), and role emotional (OR = 10.7) domains. Compared with clerical work, non-clerical work was significantly associated with risk of lower RP (OR = 7.39), and unemployment was significantly associated with risk of lower VT (OR = 41.0). Daily soybean intake was associated with improved General Health or GH (OR = 0.17). Compared with Systemic Lupus Collaborative Clinics Damage Index (SDI) = 0, SDI > 2 was associated with risk of lower PF (OR = 7.88), RP (OR = 4.29), and bodily pain (OR = 3.06) domains. Conclusion. Reduced HRQoL was observed in our SLE patients. Interventions addressing sleep and work disturbances, as well as daily soybean consumption, could alter the HRQoL of SLE patients.
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