Quality Of Life Patients With Rheunnatologic Problems And Its Correlates With Some Symptoms

Pehlivan S. , Ovayolu O., Ovayolu N., Pehlivan Y., Onat A. M.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF THERAPEUTICS, vol.16, no.1, pp.10-14, 2010 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-14


Active life and functional capacity in rheumatologic diseases have been affected, health-related quality of life results are accepted as important indicators. Our study was done with the aim of to determine life quality of patients who with rheumatologic problems, and its correlate with some symptoms. Study was done as descriptive with 101 patients (38 ankylosing spondylitis, 34 rheumatoid arthritis, 10 systemic lupus erythematosus, 10 Behcet's disease and 9 osteoarthritis) who were admitted to the rheumatology clinic and want to join study, Datas were collected with a questionnaire that included sociodemographic characteristics, symptoms and frequency of symptoms related questions prepared by researchers and Short Form 36 quality of life, In evaluation of the data's, frequency, chi-square, Kruskall Wallis analysis were done by using SPSS, The age mean of patients were 40.3 +/- 1.3 years and mean of duration of illness were 31.7 +/- 4.0 months. SF-36 quality of life point mean scores of patients with rheumatologic problems 33.0 +/- 1.4 for physical dimension; and 38.9 +/- 1.6 for mental dimension;, respectively Statistically significant relationship wasn't find between quality of life and diagnose of patients (p>0.05), But, the point mean of quality of life were significantly lower in patients who have too much pain, stiffness, swelling in joints, fatigue, motion strain, emotional problems (p<005). Rheumatologic diseases cause to difficulties when doing daily life activdies of patients and they reduce life quality of patients. When the frequency of symptoms get raised life quality became more worsen.