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HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG PATIENTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease characterized by the collapse or destruction of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bone in the joints. Health-related quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional concept that includes aspects of social, emotional, mental, and physical functioning. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of life among patients with OA. A cross-section study takes place in Mosul city with a sample of 370 patients aged 40 years and older included. The data collection form consisted of personnel with demographic and socioeconomic information, comprehension of the OA symptoms, and QoL scale. This study showed a significant relationship between QoL domains (domain 1 and domain 3) with age. Domain 1 shows a significant correlation with BMI and domain 3 also shows a significant correlation with the duration of the disease (p<.0.05). In addition to that gender show, significant differences in all QoL domains Glucosamine show significant differences in domain 1 and domain 3, also a significant difference in domain 3 with both steroid injection and hyaluronic injection in addition to the topical NSAIDs. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects females more than males and causes poor quality of life. The intra- articular of both hyaluronic injection and steroid and Glucosamine had not been more beneficial and effective in the treatment of a group of patients with OA. WHOQOL-BRIF scale was valid for assessing the QoL among patients with osteoarthritis.

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