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Title: Impact of comorbid chronic conditions to quality of life among elderly patients with diabetes mellitus in Vietnam
Authors: van Nguyen, H.
Tran, T.T.
Nguyen, C.T.
Tran, T.H.
Tran, B.X.
Latkin, C.A.
Ho, C.S.H.
Ho, R.C.M. 
Keywords: Comorbidities
Quality of life
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: van Nguyen, H., Tran, T.T., Nguyen, C.T., Tran, T.H., Tran, B.X., Latkin, C.A., Ho, C.S.H., Ho, R.C.M. (2019). Impact of comorbid chronic conditions to quality of life among elderly patients with diabetes mellitus in Vietnam. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (4) : 531. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major cause of disease burden in the elderly population. This study aimed to measure the quality of life (QOL) among patients with T2DM and the associations between co-morbidities and QOL. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 194 patients with T2DM. The minimal clinically important difference (MCID) scores were used to indicate the clinically meaningful differences of comorbidities on quality of life. A Tobit regression was employed to find relationships between QOL and comorbidities. The mean scores of QOL domains were 50.8 (SD = 13.2) in physical, 62.4 (SD = 11.5) in psychological, 52.3 (SD = 10.2) in social relationship, and 64.3 (SD = 10.1) in environmental. Digestive and neuropsychiatric diseases had the strongest negative associations with physical QOL of patients. Neuropsychiatric diseases also had the biggest effect on psychological and environmental QOL. Meanwhile, in the social domain, respiratory diseases had the greatest effect. In conclusion, patients with T2DM struggled to perform physical functions. In addition, comorbidities significantly reduced the QOL of T2DM patients. © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16040531
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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