Chronic prostatitis may have a negative impact on a man's quality of life (QOL). It can affect both physical and mental aspects. A man's quality of life should be monitored if the prostatitis is significant and/or longstanding.


Patient selection: chronic prostatitis


The man's quality of life may be affected if the man:

(1) experiences moderate to severe pain or discomfort.

(2) experiences disability as a result of the prostatitis.

(3) becomes anxious due to concerns about cancer or the need for surgery.

(4) experiences stress as a result of the prostatitis.


Factors associated with a worse quality of life:

(1) lower educational or economic status

(2) younger age

(3) history of psychiatric disorder


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