Quality of Life Among HIV/AIDs Patients in a Secondary Thailand Border Hospital: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Fartima Yeemard Kamonwan Kunlawat Ittipol Chaita Seewan Liumthong Rungnapha Bunkhlueap Tawatchai Apidechkul

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Introduction: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) has been long recognized as a major public health threat for humankind. In 2018, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV and 1.8 million people becoming newly infected globally. Purpose: The study aimed to assess the quality of life and determine factors associated with a good quality of life among HIV/AIDS patients in Chiang Sean hospital, Thailand. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted. All HIV/AIDS patients who were attending antiretroviral (ARV) clinic at Chiang Sean hospital in 2017 were invited to participate in the study. A questionnaire and WHO quality of life BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) form were used for collecting data. Chi-square test was used to determine the associations between variables. Results: Totally, 246 HIV/AIDS patients enrolled into the study; 53.3% were females, 44.3% were aged 41-50 years, 92.3% hold Thai nationality. The overall quality of life was in a moderate level (96.3%). Nearly two thirds scored moderately in psychological, social relationship and environment domains. No Thai nationality and low CD4 level had statically significant associations with a low quality of life (p-value<0.05). Conclusion: HIV/AIDS patients at Chiang Sean hospital have moderate quality of life. A specific public health intervention should be developed to improve quality of life among the HIV/AIDS patients.    


 

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Yeemard, F., Kunlawat, K., Chaita, I., Liumthong, S., Bunkhlueap, R., & Apidechkul, T. (2019). Quality of Life Among HIV/AIDs Patients in a Secondary Thailand Border Hospital: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Health Science and Alternative Medicine, 1(1), 20-24. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jhealthscialternmed/article/view/183581
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