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DIABETES MELLITUS AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF PATIENTS ATTENDING A SECONDARY HEALTH FACILITY IN KANO, NIGERIA

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a disease of global public health importance associated with high morbidity and mortality. It is seen as one of the most important chronic diseases in the world that pose threats to patient’s quality of life. This study aimed to assess the quality of life of patients with diabetes mellitus at a secondary health care setting in Kano State
Nigeria. Utilizing a descriptive cross-sectional design and a systematic sampling technique, data was collected from 144
eligible respondents using the World Health Organization’s quality of life questionnaire. The data was analysed using
SPSS version 20 software and presented using frequency tables and percentages. Scores were assigned to individual
responses of items of quality of life and were categorized based on the World Health Organization’s quality of life index.
Findings from the study revealed, that near half (48.3%) of the patients experience low quality of life in the physical
health domain and less than half (45.5%) were rated as high quality in social relationship domain. The study also identified
insufficient income, lack of accessibility to health insurance schemes, physical inactivity, co-morbidities and presence of
diabetic complications of neurological and ophthalmologic basis as factors contributing to poor quality of life of the
patients. The study concluded that diabetes mellitus has negatively affected all quality of life domains of patients and
therefore more efforts from government, client education from caregivers, social support and quality service delivery by
health institutions are strongly recommended.

  • IDRIS | ABDULRASHID | . | aidris.nur@buk.edu.ng | +2348063375818, DALHAT | KHALID | SANI | @ | +234, BILKISU | UMAR | BAYERO | @ | +234, SHUKURANA | BADAMASI | YAKUBU | @ | +234
  • : Diabetes Mellitus, patients, quality of life, Health
  • Idris Abdulrashid Vol 9 (2)
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