Factors Related with Quality of Life among Tuberculosis Patients, Buadang-Pakdee-Somboon Health Network, Chaiyaphum Province

Ratchaneekorn Phata, Pornnapa Suggaravetsiri


This cross-sectional analytical study aimed to identify factors related with quality of life (QoL) among tuberculosis (TB) patients at Buadang-Pakdee-Somboon health network in Chaiyaphume province. Data were collected by interviewing TB patients using the WHOQOL-BREF-THAI form at three TB clinics, Nongbuadang, Pakdeechumphon and Kasetsomboon. For data analysis multiple logistic regressions analysis was performed to compute adjusted odds ratio (ORadj) with 95% confidence interval (95%CI). From the 298 participating TB patients, the ratio of male to female was 1.7:1, and ages ranged between 18 to 88 years (mean=52.9, SD=17.1). The factors associated with good QoL were to be male (ORadj=2.32, 95% CI=1.14-4.73 ), being employed (ORadj=4.81, 95%CI = 1.26-18.31), living in no TB neighborhood (ORadj = 2.79, 95%CI = 1.32-5.90), adhere to anti-TB medications >6 months (ORadj=3.10, 95%CI=1.25-7.70), can easy to swallow pills (ORadj=4.42, 95%CI=1.87-10.44), and are not suffering from social stigma (ORadj=3.21, 95%CI=

1.56-6.62). TB patients with no good QoL had difficulty in taking medicine, reported about side effects of the treatment or experiencing allergic reactions. They also felt to be stigmatized.

Keyword: Quality of Life, Tuberculosis Patients, Health Network

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