Title

Association of co-morbidities with quality of life of patients with stroke at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute affiliated hospitals in Cavite

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Stroke, Quality of Life, Comorbidity

Abstract

This is a case-control type of study focused on determining the quality of life of 30 post stroke patients from De La Salle University Medical Center (DLSUMC), St. Paul Hospital of Cavite (SPHC), and General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital (GEAMH) with the use of the SS-QOL tool. The case of the study was patient post-stroke without co-morbidities. Patients post-stoke with co-morbidities were divided to three (3): with diabetes mellitus, with hypertension, and with the combination of both diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The quality of life was dichotomized into good and poor QOL. A respondent was classified as having good QOL if he/she has a mean score of greater than or equal to 3.04 (mean score of all the respondents) in the SS-QOL, otherwise, the respondent will be classified as poor QOL. After a careful study of the results, the researchers concluded that post-stroke patients with diabetes mellitus in DLS-HSI affiliated hospitals in the province of Cavite have good QOL on the basis of 6.67% of the mean of 174 out of 245 in the SS-QOL questionnaire. Post-stroke patients with hypertension were noted to have fair QOL on the basis of 53.33% of the mean of 150 out 245 in the SS-QOL questionnaire. Lastly, post-stroke patients with combined co-morbidities of hypertension and diabetes mellitus were noted to have fair QOL on the basis of 40% of the mean of 137 out 245 in the SS-QOL questionnaire. Odds ratio was used to measure the association between co-morbidities and quality of life. The odds ratio is 0.76. This means that there is no association between quality of life and co-morbidities. However, there are several factors affecting the QOL of a patient that were not included in the study. Having this stated, follow-up study and further researches must be done in the future to see the association between co-morbidities and quality of life.

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