Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Amrita Journal of Medicine, Volume 2, Issue 1, p.0975-9662 (2015)

Abstract:

Background & Objectives: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common form of a group of progressive neurodegenerative disorders.The purposes of the study were to identify the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients with PD, factors influencing QoL of patients with PD, and the association between QoL and selected variables of patients with PD. Methods: In this Non-experimental descriptive study researcher enrolled 80 subjects with PDfor more than one year, by using convenience sampling technique and assessed the QoL using PDQ 39 questionnaire. Results: Among 80 subjects 55 (68.75%) subjects had age of >61 years, 28 (35%) subjects had history of direct exposure to pesticides, 63 (78.75%) subjects had the habit of smoking, 60 (75%) subjects were consuming well water, 37 (46.25%) subjects had poor QoL in the dimension of mobility in PDQ 39 (Score: >66.67), 33 (41.25%) subjects had poor QoL in the dimension of activities of daily living (Score: >66.67), in the dimension of bodily discomfort 31 (38.75%) had average QoL (Score: 33.34 – 66.66), and in the dimension of social support 71 (88.75%) subjects had good QoL. Significant association was found between QoL mobility dimension and sex (p <0.05), emotional well being and marital status (p <0.05), bodily discomfort and hypertension (p <0.05). Conclusion: The study results shows that the main dimensions in which the PD patients had poor QoL were mobility and activities of daily livings and in the dimension of bodily discomfort most of the subjects possess average QoL. Significant association was found between dimension of mobility and sex, the emotional wellbeing and marital status and also between bodily discomfort and hypertension

Cite this Research Publication

Kanmani J, Jolly, J., Kumar, A., and Nair, R., “A Study to Assess the Quality of Life of Patients with Parkinson's Disease”, Amrita Journal of Medicine, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 0975-9662 , 2015.