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Social support and health-related quality of life among hepatitis C patients in Pahang, Malaysia

Zainulabid, Ummu Afeera and Md Jalil, Muhammad Ateeq and Jaafar, Khairul Azhar and Mohd Ibrahim, Mohamad Shafiq and M Yunus, Raudah (2021) Social support and health-related quality of life among hepatitis C patients in Pahang, Malaysia. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 36 (S2). pp. 74-283. ISSN 0815-9319 E-ISSN 1440-1746

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Background and Aim: Hepatitis C is one of the most common causes of liver disease worldwide. Health impacts of hepatitis C are not limited to physical morbidity but include psychosocial dimensions such as quality of life (QOL), depression, anxiety, and stigmatization. In Malaysia, modifiable factors that can improve QOL among hepatitis C patients have not been adequately studied. Our study aims to test the association between social support and QOL among hepatitis C patients. Methods: Employing a cross-sectional design, 195 hepatitis C patients who attended Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan—the main public tertiary hospital in Pahang—were recruited through convenience sampling. Social support was assessed using the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI) while health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was measured by 36-item shortform survey (SF-36v2). Results: We found a significant positive correlation between social support and physical (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.132, 0.406; p < 0.05) and mental (95% CI: 0.224, 0.490; p < 0.05) dimension of HRQOL. Patients with good social support scores were more likely to have better HRQOL. Conclusion: There is association between social support and HRQOL among our respondents. Supportive family and friends can enhance the physical, emotional, and social function of a hepatitis C patient. Health-care providers should consider the role of social support to improve hepatitis C management, through a multidisciplinary approach.

Item Type: Article (other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social support, health-related quality of life, hepatitis C
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC803 Specialties of Internal Medicine-Diseases of The Digestive System. Gastroenterology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Internal Medicine
Depositing User: Asst. Dr. Ummu Afeera Zainulabid
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 11:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 11:36
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/92606

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