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Health-related quality of life among hepatitis c patients in Pahang State, Malaysia: a cross-sectional study

Zainulabid, Ummu Afeera and Md Jalil, Muhammad Ateeq and Jaafar, Khairul Azhar and Ahmad, Hajar Fauzan and Mohd Ibrahim, Mohamad Shafiq and M Yunus, Raudah (2021) Health-related quality of life among hepatitis c patients in Pahang State, Malaysia: a cross-sectional study. PERINTIS E-Journal, 11 (2). pp. 106-116. ISSN 2232-0725

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Measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among hepatitis C patients is crucial in assisting health care providers to understand the complex psychosocial impact of disease on patients, thus facilitating a more patient-centred care. There is still scarcity of data on this matter, not adequately explored and nor has it been empirically studied in Malaysia. Thus, this study aims to measure the HRQOL among hepatitis C patients attending a tertiary hospital in Pahang, Malaysia. This was a cross-sectional study conducted among 195 hepatitis C patients attending Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), the main public tertiary hospital in Pahang. HRQOL was assessed using the 36-item short-form survey (SF-36v2). Respondents had lower scores in physical (mean score = 48.88 ± 8.9) and mental (mean score = 47.70 ± 9.1) health components of HRQOL than normal population (mean score > 50). Those who completed treatment had higher scores in both physical and mental health component, compared to those who was not treated or on treatment. There was no significant association between HRQOL and gender, age, marital status, employment status and education level. Our findings showed that patients with hepatitis C, in general, have poor HRQOL in both physical and mental health components. Thus, this study highlights a pressing need for holistic disease management by taking into account patients’ quality of life as part of the inter-disciplinary approach.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7459/95786
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), hepatitis C, Malaysia
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: 31 Dec 2021 13:19
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2021 15:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/95786

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