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Table 4 Associations between generalised pruritus and self-rated health, psychological status and sleep quality according to the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)

From: Self-reported generalised pruritus among community-dwelling older adults in Malaysia

  SRH1 (n = 747) Total χ2or Fisher’s exact test p-value
Poor orW fair Good, very good or excellent
Generalised pruritus:
 Yes 20 (43.5%) 26 (56.5%) 46 0.117 0.732
 No 323 (46.1%) 378 (53.9%) 701   
  SRH2 (n = 738)    
Poor or fair Good, very good or excellent
Generalised pruritus:
 Yes 15 (32.6%) 31 (67.4%) 46 0.474 0.491
 No 193 (27.9%) 499 (72.1%) 692   
  Depression (n = 749)    
Yes No
Generalised pruritus:
 Yes 7 (15.6%) 38 (84.4%) 45 1.732 0.188
 No 67 (9.5%) 637 (90.5%) 704   
  Stress (n = 751)    
Yes No
Generalised pruritus:      
Yes 1 (2.2%) 44 (97.8%) 45 0.537 0.463
No 32 (4.5%) 674 (95.5%) 706   
  Anxiety (n = 749)    
Yes No
Generalised pruritus:
 Yes 6 (13.3%) 39 (86.7%) 45 0.017 0.897
 No 99 (14.0%) 607 (86.0%) 706   
  Sleep Quality(n = 756)    
Poor Good
Generalised pruritus:
 Yes 31 (67.4%) 15 (32.6%) 46 4.348 0.047*
 No 366 (51.5%) 344 (48.5%) 710   
  1. SRH self-rated health, SRH1 general SRH, SRH2 SRH compared to people of similar age. *p < 0.01