Health-Related Quality of Life and Distress among Insulin-Dependent Diabetics
Diabetes and depressive symptoms are devastating conditions that have an adverse impact on the health and quality of life among insulin-dependent patients. The present study envisioned exploring the correlation between diabetic distress and health-associated quality of life among insulin-dependent diabetic patients. A sample of 280 diabetic patients (178 males and 102 females) along with an age range from 20 to 55 years was purposefully selected from Government and private clinics of the Hazara Division. Urdu versions of SF-36 of the quality-of-life scale, The diabetic distress scale (Polonsky et al., 2005), and the Insulin dependency checklist (IDCL; Parveen, 2012) were used to assess the health-related quality of life, diabetic distress, and insulin dependency respectively. Pearson Product moment correlation revealed a negative relationship between diabetic distress and health-related quality of life while having a positive correlation with insulin dependency. Independent sample t-test revealed a significant difference in the health-related quality of life, and diabetic distress and suggested that female diabetic patients with insulin dependency were experiencing more depression and poor quality of life than male patients.
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