HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN PARKINSONâ€™S DISEASE PATIENTS IN TIKUR ANBASSA SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL AND ZEWDITU MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Background: Both motor and non-motor symptoms (NMS) have an impact on the health-related quality of life (HrQoL) among patients with Parkinsonâ€™s disease (PD). Little is known about health-related quality of life (HrQoL) among people with Parkinsonâ€™s disease (PD) in Ethiopia.
Objective: To determine the health related quality of life in PD patients seen in the outpatient clinics of TikurAnbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) and Zewuditu Memorial Hospital, (ZMH) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Methods: All PD patients attending neurology follow up clinic aged 18 years and above at TASH AND ZMH from October 2014 to December 2014 were included in the study. Health-related quality of life was evaluated using PDQ-39 which is a 39 item questionnaire. Motor symptoms severity was evaluated with UPDRS: part 3.
Results: A total of 128 PD patients participated in the study. The mean age of the participants was 59.5 years. Mean duration of illness was 6 years. The mean PDQ 39 SI was 40.5 with 95% CI of (37,44). The PDQ 39 domains with higher scores were ADL, emotional wellbeing, body discomfort and cognition; while profiles such as social support, communication, stigma and mobility showed lowest scores (good QOL).
Conclusion: Â HrQOL worsens with increased depression anxiety, and disease severity. Therefore, it is prudent to recognize and assess depressive symptoms and disease severity so we can manage symptoms and patients would have better quality of life.
Key Words- Parkinsonâ€™s Disease, PDQ-39, Quality of life in PD. Ethiopia
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