Health Related Quality Of Life In Patients With Presumed Ocular Toxoplasmosis At Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria
Keywords:SF-36, Ocular toxoplasmosis, health related quality of life
Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the health related quality of life in patients with Presumed Ocular Toxoplasmosis in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State,
Methods: Enrolled into the study were sixty nine patients with varying degrees of severity of presumed ocular toxoplasmosis and sixty nine age and sex matched controls attending the eye clinic of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital from August to October 2012. The 36-Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) Questionnaire was used to assess the health related quality of life in these patients. Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 16 was used to analyze data.
Results: In general, the patients reported lower scores for all the subscales of the SF-36 for patients with presumed ocular toxoplasmosis. The mean ranks for cases were significantly lower than for control in physical function,(p < 0.001); role limitation due to physical health,(p < 0.001); role limitation due to emotional problem, (p < 0.001); energy/ fatigue, (p < 0.001); emotional well being, (p < 0.001); social functioning, (p < 0.001); bodily pain, (p < 0.001) and general health (p < 0.001). When compared with educational status, there was significant difference in subscale scores for physical functioning (p<0.01), role limitation due to physical health (p<0.05), and bodily pain (p<0.05). Those patients on prednisolone, sulphatriad and Clindamycin had significantly lower subscale score for emotional well being, p< 0.05.
Conclusion: There was general reduction in health related quality of life in patients with presumed ocular toxoplasmosi