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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Public Health 1/2015

The association between social capital and quality of life among type 2 diabetes patients in Anhui province, China: a cross-sectional study

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Fuyong Hu, Li Niu, Ren Chen, Ying Ma, Xia Qin, Zhi Hu
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Fuyong Hu and Li Niu contributed equally to this work.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

Fuyong Hu and Li Niu carried out the study, participated in the survey and drafted the manuscript. Ren Chen and Ying Ma participated in the design of the study and performed the statistical analysis. Zhi Hu and Xia Qin conceived of the study, and participated in its design and coordination and helped to draft the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



To investigate the association between social capital and quality of life among type 2 diabetes patients in Anhui province, China.


In a cross-sectional study, 436 adults with type 2 diabetes were interviewed. The two domains of Quality of life, physical component summary (PCS) and mental component summary (MCS), were measured using the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). A modified instrument scale was used to measure cognitive and structural social capital. Multiple logistic regression models were used to assess the associations between social capital and quality of life, adjusting for social economic status and risk factors for health.


24.3 % of participants (106) were in poor PCS and 25.0 % (109) in poor MCS. The proportions of participants who had low cognitive and structural social capital were 47.0 % (205) and 64.4 % (281), respectively. Results of logistic regression models showed that cognitive social capital was positively associated with PCS (OR = 1.84; 95 % CI: 1.12, 3.02) and MCS (OR = 1.65; 95 % CI: 1.03, 2.66). However, the associations between structural social capital and PCS (OR = 0.80, 95 % CI: 0.48, 1.34) and MCS (OR = 0.62; 95 % CI: 0.38, 1.01) were not statistically significant.


It is the first study in China to investigate associations between quality of life and social capital in type 2 diabetes. Findings document that cognitive social capital is associated with the quality of life of type 2 diabetes patients. Our study suggests that the social capital theory may provide a new approach to increase physical resources in diabetes prevention and control, especially in Low and Middle Income countries (LMICs).
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