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PREVALENCE AND FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH POOR QUALITY OF LIFE OF PATIENTS WITH HYPERTENSION IN SABYA CITY, SAUDI ARABIA

Mustafa Sabei*, Abdullah Sabai, Faisal Zakri, Mohammad Thafrani, Mohammad Motawwam, Abdullah Shabaani, Nouraldeen Sabi, Ali Jobran, Hussain Dahas, Ahmed Alkhawaji, Osama Alharbi, Raed Altherwi, Zahir Alamir, Egbal Bajobair and Ahlam Sulayyi

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Background: Hypertensive patients frequently reported poor quality of life as a result of impaired general health. However, this study was conducted to assess the quality of life of patients with hypertension and identify possible factors for impaired quality of life among patients with hypertension in Sabya city, Southwestern region of Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative study on Clinically stable outpatients with hypertension (n = 420) were interviewed to assess their quality of life using WHOQOL BREF. Personal, socio-demographic, lifestyle habits and clinical factors were gathered through the interview and by reviewing medical records. The data were analysed using SPSS (statistical package for social science studies). Results: The results show that 43.8% of the patients rated their quality of life as good, followed by 36.2% who didn‘t rated their quality of life as good. Additionally, there were 37% of participants were not satisfied with their general health. There were significant relations between quality of life domains and (age, education level, coexisting chronic illnesses, complications, duration of and uncontrolled blood pressure) among participants in this study. Conclusion: There were many factors affecting quality of life of patients with hypertension including sociodemographic, clinical, lifestyle factors. Primary healthcare physician should be trained to evaluate quality of life and identify patients' problems to resolve it to improve treatment outcomes and therefore quality of life among those patients. Word count (Abstract): 225 words.

Keywords: Quality of life, Hypertension, Chronic Disease, Disease Burden, Saudi Arabia.


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