Quality of life and severity of glaucoma: A study using Glaucol-36 questionnaire at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC)

Hareevanan Chandramohan, Wan Haslina Wan Abdul Halim, Hazirah A. Azizi, Hing Siau Tiak, Siti Lenggogeni Zainal Rain, Ghazali Yusri Abdul Rahman, Safinaz Mohd Khialdin

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Background: Glaucoma affects millions of people throughout the world. Coping with glaucoma is challenging for patients both physically and mentally. The assessment of quality of life in glaucoma is important in clinical practice to make important therapeutic decision during the course of the disease. Purpose: The main aim of the study was to compare the Quality of Life (QoL) of glaucoma patients with the different stages of glaucoma and to determine the relationship between the QoL with socio-demographic factors. Method: A cross-sectional study, recruiting all eligible glaucoma patients, attending the Ophthalmology Clinic at UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) was performed. Patients were staged based on the Glaucoma Staging System (GSS). Glau-QoL 36 Items Questionnaire was translated and validated to evaluate the quality of life. The questionnaire consisted of 7 domains which were daily life, driving, psychology, self image, anxiety, burden of treatment and confidence towards healthcare. Results: A total of 96 patients were included in the study. The QoL score deteriorated with increasing severity of glaucoma. There was a significant difference (p < 0.05) in the mean QoL scores between the different stages of glaucoma in all domains except for burden of treatment (p = 0.069). There was a significant association between education level and QoL score in glaucoma patients (p = 0.03). Conclusions: Glaucoma has a significant negative impact towards QoL in terms of anxiety, self image, psychological well being, daily life, driving, and confidence of healthcare. QoL deteriorates with the progression of glaucoma. Education level is important for a better QoL in glaucoma patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Glau-QoL 36 items questionnaire
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of life
  • Stages of glaucoma

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Quality of life and severity of glaucoma : A study using Glaucol-36 questionnaire at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC). / Chandramohan, Hareevanan; Wan Abdul Halim, Wan Haslina; Azizi, Hazirah A.; Tiak, Hing Siau; Rain, Siti Lenggogeni Zainal; Rahman, Ghazali Yusri Abdul; Mohd Khialdin, Safinaz.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2017, p. 61-64.

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Chandramohan, Hareevanan ; Wan Abdul Halim, Wan Haslina ; Azizi, Hazirah A. ; Tiak, Hing Siau ; Rain, Siti Lenggogeni Zainal ; Rahman, Ghazali Yusri Abdul ; Mohd Khialdin, Safinaz. / Quality of life and severity of glaucoma : A study using Glaucol-36 questionnaire at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC). In: International Medical Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 24, No. 1. pp. 61-64.
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