Journal of Medical Society

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 92--97

Health-related quality of life of the geriatric population living in rural areas of West Tripura district of India: A cross-sectional study


Arpita Debnath1, Himadri Bhattacharjya1, Partha Sarathi Pal2 
1 Department of Community Medicine, Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India

Correspondence Address:
Himadri Bhattacharjya
Department of Community Medicine, Agartala Government Medical College, P. O. Kunjavan, Agartala - 799 006, Tripura
India

Background: Growing life expectancy is challenging the quality of health care for elderly. Information regarding health-related quality of life (QOL) may help policy makers to design need-based health programs for this population. Objectives: The objective of the study was to estimate health-related QOL of the geriatric population living in rural areas of West Tripura district and to compare it between ethnic and nonethnic populations in respect to important domains. Materials and Methods: This community-based cross-sectional study was conducted during February 1, 2019–March 31, 2020 among 225 geriatric subjects of rural West Tripura district chosen by multistage sampling. The World Health Organization's QOL–BREF scale was used for data collection. Results: Among the study population, 46.2% had overall good health-related QOL. About 52.9% had good QOL in the environment, and 37.3% had good QOL in social relationship domains. Marginally higher proportion of the subjects from ethnic origin had better QOL than the nonethnic, but it was not significant. A higher proportion of the Muslim subjects had better QOL than the rest, but it was also not significant. Bivariate analysis showed significant associations of QOL with age, sex, literacy, financial condition, socioeconomic status, and type of family. Multivariate analysis identified male sex, younger age, and living with spouse as significant predictors of good QOL. Conclusion: Overall health-related QOL of the geriatric people living in rural areas of West Tripura district is poor, but younger male subjects of ethnic origin and living with spouse may enjoy relatively better QOL.


How to cite this article:
Debnath A, Bhattacharjya H, Pal PS. Health-related quality of life of the geriatric population living in rural areas of West Tripura district of India: A cross-sectional study.J Med Soc 2021;35:92-97


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Debnath A, Bhattacharjya H, Pal PS. Health-related quality of life of the geriatric population living in rural areas of West Tripura district of India: A cross-sectional study. J Med Soc [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jul 3 ];35:92-97
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