Health Related Quality of Life among Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease
Wesam Adly Abdel-Gwad, Ebtisam Mohamed Abd-ElAall, Huda Abdallah Moursi
Journal of Nursing Science Benha University
Interstitial lung diseases comprise more than 200 rare diseases, which are characterized by varying degrees of inflammations and fibrosis of the lung, and are associated with serious quality of life impairments in affected people. Aim of study: Was to assess health related quality of life among patients with interstitial lung disease. Research design: A descriptive research design was utilized to conduct this study. Setting: The study was conducted at the Chest Out-Patient Clinics at Benha
... rsity Hospital and Chest Hospital in Benha City. Sample: A convenient sample of 70 patients with confirmed diagnosis. Tools: Two main tools were used I: A structure interviewing questionnaire which included 5 parts a) socio-demographic characteristics of patients with interstitial lung disease, b) Medical history of patients. C) Home environment of patients, d) Knowledge of patients regarding interstitial lung disease and e) Reported practices of the studied patients with interstitial lung disease II: Quality of life scale was adopted to assess physical, psychological and social domains of quality of life. Results: 38.6% of patients had poor total knowledge score about interstitial lung disease. On the other hand, 52.9% of them had satisfactory total practices score toward interstitial lung disease. Regarding quality of life 52.9% of patients had low quality of life and only 7,1% of them had good quality of life. Conclusion: There were statistically significant relations between total knowledge, practices and quality of life score of the studied patients and their educational level. There was a statistically significant correlation between total quality of life of studied patients and their total practices. While there was highly statistically significant correlation between the studied patients' total knowledge and their total practices. Recommendations: Educational programs should be conducted at Out-patients Clinics to improve knowledge, practices and quality of life of patients with interstitial lung disease.