Psychological symptoms and health-related quality of life in idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields.
Published in: J Psychosom Res 2016; 84: 8-12
Aim of study (acc. to author)
Endpoint/type of risk estimation
psychological symptoms (obsessive–compulsive, interpersonal sensitivity, hostility, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, psychoticism) and health-related quality of life (vitality, physical functioning, bodily pain, general health perceptions, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning, mental health) Exposure
Statistical analysis method:
Conclusion (acc. to author)
Significantly higher scores were found on obsessive/compulsive behavior, interpersonal hypersensitivity, hostility, phobic anxiety, paranoid thoughts in the IEI-EMF group compared to control, whereas the difference for psychoticism was non- significant. Furthermore, significant poorer health-related quality of life in the IEI-EMF group, compared to the control group, was found regarding physical and social functioning, physical and emotional role limitations, general health, vitality, bodily pain, and mental health. Scores on several of the SCL-90 subscales were found to correlate negatively and significantly with scores on several of the SF-36 scales in both groups, i.e. psychological symptoms went along with poor health-related quality of life. The authors conclude that IEI-EMF is associated with various types of psychological symptoms and with poor health-related quality of life.
Study funded by
Center for Environmental Research (CMF), Umea University, Sweden
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