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IMPACT OF CHRONIC DISORDERS AND OBESITY ON QUALITY OF LIFE (QoL) IN NORTHERN REGION OF JORDAN

Author : Laila M. Matalqah*, Khaldoon M. Radaideh, Romany H. Thabet

Abstract

Objectives: This study aims at assessing health-related quality of life among Jordanians with chronic disorders and Methods and sampling: A cross-sectional design using convenient sampling technique was implemented and carried out face-to–face interviews with 915 Jordanians. Respondents were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing their quality of life using the SF-36 health survey. Details about their clinical history were documented. Results: Data was obtained from 915 Jordanian adults from the general public with a mean age of 33.8 years (SD± 28.2). Obesity was prevalent in 23.0% of the participants and approximately 35% suffered from muscle-skeletal pain. The total SF-36 score for the whole population was 71.2 (Physical health was dramatically affected by having different health problems including rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and back pain (P<0.05). Conclusion: Musculoskeletal pains, obesity and asthma are considered major factors associated with decreased perception of general health and impairment in both physical and mental domains of HRQoL in North Jordan. Key words: Obesity, Asthma, quality of life, SF-36, Jordan.

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