Health-related quality of life among inflammatory bowel disease patients
Keywords:Quality of Life, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic disorders: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis that result in inflammation or ulceration (or both) of the bowel. Both disorders have striking similarities but also several differences. Approximately 10% to 15% of patients with IBD have characteristics of both disorders and cannot be definitively diagnosed with either disorder and are classified as having indeterminate colitis. The prevalence of IBD in the United States has increased in the past century; it is estimated that 1.3% of adults are diagnosed with IBD (CDC, 2019).
Aim: Study aims to assess health-related quality of life among Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients.
Methodology: A descriptive study design was conducted at Al-Najaf city in the southern region of Iraq in Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf Health Directorate/ Specialized Hospital for Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease and Surgery from February 20th, 2023, to May 21th, 2023, in order to assess Health-related quality of life among Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients. The methodological strategies for data collection used an assessment questionnaire survey
Results: As the study shows, that the total health-related quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel disease is moderate.
Conclusion: The study concludes that the level of health-related quality of life for patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease is less than the ideal, in addition, patients' age affect their health-related quality of life.
Recommendations: Further research should be carried out to improve and explore effective methods to improve the health-related quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, besides, since the nurses still with the patients 24 hours daily, the health management should be activated and to increase nurse's roles in health education process that improve the patients' knowledge regarding improving their quality of life.
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