Main Article Content
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.
School of Health Science, Mae Fah Luang University. All rights reserved.
 World Health Organization- Thailand (WHO-Thailand). HIV/AIDS. https://www.searo.who.int/thailand/areas/hivaids/en/
 Bureau of AIDS, TB and STIs, Ministry of Public Health. HIV/AIDS in Thailand 2017. https://aidssti.ddc.moph.go.th/contents/view/1650
 Chiang Rai Public Health Provincial Office. HIV/AIDS in Chiang Rai 2018. https://www.boe.moph.go.th/aids/Downloads/book/2560/13732_HIV_2560_for%20web.pdf
 5.World Health Organization (WHO). Transition to new antiretrovirals in HIV programs. https://www.who.int/hiv/pub/toolkits/transition-to-new-arv/en/
 World Health Organization (WHO). WHOQOL-BREF. https://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/76.pdf
 Cooper V, Clatworthy J, Harding R, Whetham J. Measuring quality of life among people living with HIV: a systematic review of reviews. Health Qua Life Outcomes. 2017; 15(220): DOI: 10.1186/s12955-017-0778-6.
 National Health Security Office (NHSO). ARV funding. https://www.nhso.go.th/online/
 Apidechkul T, Laingoen O, Suwannaporn S. Inequity in Accessing Health Care Service in Thailand in 2015: A Case Study of the Hill Tribe People in Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Journal of Health Research. 2016; 30(1): 67-71.
 World Health Organization-Thailand (WHO-Thailand). Hill tribe population in Thailand, 2018. https://www.who.int/countries/tha/
 Apidechkul T. A 20-year retrospective cohort study of TB infection among the hill tribe HIV/AIDS population in Thailand. BMC Infect Dis. 2016; 16: 72. DOI 10.1186/s12879-016-1407-4
 Osei-Yeboah J, Owiredu WK, Norgbe GK, Lokpo SY, Obirikorang C, Allotey EA, et al. Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Ho municipality, Ghana: A cross-sectional study. AIDS Research and Treatment. 2017; DOI: 10.1155/2017/6806951
 Pozniak A. Quality of life in chronic HIV infection. The Lancet HIV. 2015. DOI: 10.1016/s2352-3018(14)70003-7.
 Liping M, Peng X, Haijiang L, Lahong J, Fan L. Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS: a cross-sectional study in Zhejiang province, China. PlosOne. 2015. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135705.
 Bunjoungmanee P, Chunloy K, Tangsathapornpong A, Khacharoenporn T, Apisarnthanarak A. Quality of life assessment among patients living with HIV/AIDS at a tertiary care hospital in Thailand. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2014; 45(4): 834-42.
 Yvonne H, Zubairi D, Hendry I. Quality of life people living with HIV/AIDS: outpatients in Kramat 128 hospital Jajarta. Acta Media Indonesia. 2012; 44(4): 310-6.
 Odili VU, Ikhurionan IB, Usifoh SF, Oparah AK. Determinant of quality of life in HIV/AIDS patents. West Africa Journal of Pharmacy. 2011; 22(1): 42-8.
 Hipolito RL, Oliveira DC, Costa TL, Marques SC, Pereira ER, Gomes AMT. Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS: temporal socio-demographic and perceived health relationship. 2017; 25: e2874. DOI: 10.1590/1518-8345.1258.2874.
 Lakshmi V. A live experiences on quality of life among HIV positive patients. Insights Biomed. 2017; 2(2). DOI: 10.21767/2572-5610.100028.