Quality of life in filarial lymphoedema patients in Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Wijesinghe R
  • Wickremasinghe A
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Abstract

The quality of life (QOL) was assessed in 141 filarial lymphoedema patients and 128 healthy people in the Colombo district of Sri Lanka. Information was gathered by administering the validated translated version of the WHO 100-item QOL questionnaire (WHOQOL-100), which ascertains an individual's perception of QOL in the physical, psychological, level of independence, environmental and spiritual domains, as well as the general QOL. Healthy controls had a better QOL in all domains as well as in the overall general QOL, when compared to patients with lymphoedema. Several facets such as pain and discomfort, sleep and rest, activities of daily living, dependence on medication and treatment, working capacity and social support were significantly affected by the acute adenolymphangitis attack/s patients had suffered. The environmental and spiritual domains were significantly affected by the maximum grade of lymphoedema. The significant difference in the QOL as perceived by patients suffering from filarial lymphoedema and apparently healthy individuals reiterates the importance of morbidity control in patients already affected by filarial lymphoedema. ?? 2009 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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  • Acute adenolymphangitis
  • Filarial lymphoedema
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire
  • Sri Lanka

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  • R. S. Wijesinghe

  • A. R. Wickremasinghe

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