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Title: Financial burden reportedly impact quality of lifeamong lymphatic filariasis pathology patients in Ghana
Authors: Asiedu, Samuel Opoku
Amewu, Emmanuel Kobla Atsu
Kini, Priscilla
Aglomasa, Bill Clinton
Kwarteng, Alexander
et. al
Keywords: : Lymphatic Filariasis
quality of life
Ghana
Issue Date: 9-Jun-2020
Publisher: Research Square
Abstract: Background Human lymphatic larial pathology is the main cause of disability and poverty among people living with the infection. The second goal of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) is to manage the morbidity associated with the disease with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the patients. Consequently, the current study assessed the overall quality of life of lymphatic lariasis (LF) pathology patients in some selected endemic communities in rural Ghana. Method In the present study, the Lymphatic Filariasis Quality of Life Questionnaires (LFSQQ) was used to evaluate the effect of lymphatic lariasis on the quality of life of people with the disease in ten (10) communities in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region of Ghana where, mass drug administration is being implemented for the past twenty years. Results Of the 155 study participants recruited, 115 (74.19%) were females and 40 (25.81%) males. A greater proportion of the study participants (40, 25.8%) were presented with stage two (2) lymphedema while only 2 patients had stage seven (7) lymphedema. The average of the overall quality of life scores of study participants was 68.24. There was a negative Pearson correlation (r = -0.504, p-value < 0.0001) between the stage of lymphedema (severity of the disease) and the quality of life of the LF patients. In addition, a clear pattern of positive correlation (r = 0.71, p-value < 0.001) was observed between the disease burden and pain/discomfort domains of the study participants. Whereas, the highest domain specic score (85.03) was observed in the domain of self-care, we noted that the environmental domain, which consist of the nancial status was the lowest (45.94) among the study participants. Conclusion Our ndings support previous works on the reduced quality of life among lymphatic lariasis patients with pathology. In this study, our results reveal a depressing nancial condition among people presenting with late stages of LF pathologies, which eventually reduces their wellbeing.
Description: An article published by Research Square and also available at DOI: https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-33807/v1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12707
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