Published: 2021-11-24

Health related quality of life in type II diabetics and its associated factors: a cross sectional study at an urban health training centre of Northern India

M. Haider, Manoj Verma, Afzal Hakim, Arun Kumar, Savitri Sharma, Vedangi Gautam


Background: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease, leading to many complications and substantial decrease in patient’s Health related quality of life (HRQOL). The aim of study was to assess health related quality of life of diabetic patient.

Methods: This cross-sectional observational study was conducted from December 2020 to February 2021. A total of 100 diabetic patients, resident of field practice area of tertiary care teaching hospital were included in the study. SF-36 scale was used to assess the HRQOL.

Results: The most important predictors of impaired HRQOL were female gender, presence of any diabetic complications, presence of non -diabetic comorbidity and longer duration of diabetes. Older age, lower education, unmarried, obesity, hypertension and hyperlipidemia were also associated with impaired HRQOL in SF-36 subscale.

Conclusions: Diabetic patients had lower HRQOL in all the domains of quality of life. Identification of associated factors can help prevent deterioration of quality of life.  Prevention and early identification of complications and concomitant chronic disease can also improve quality of life of diabetics.


Diabetes, Quality of life, SF-36, HRQOL

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