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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156-161

Effect of systemic lupus on patient’s self-esteem and quality of life

1 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Fayum University, Egypt
2 Community of Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Fayum University, Egypt

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Zeinab Hassan
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Fayum University
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DOI: 10.4103/ENJ.ENJ_7_18

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Introduction With improvements in mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus, the functional status of these patients, assessed using health-related quality of life instruments, is increasingly being recognized as an important outcome measure in clinical research. Domains of health-related quality of life of particular importance to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus include fatigue, ability to work, good health, independence, social and family life, learned helplessness (reflecting the unpredictability of lupus), pain, and the home environment. Aims This study aimed at assessing the effect of systemic lupus on self-esteem and quality of life of patients with systemic lupus. Patients and methods A total of 40 patients with systemic lupus were selected from a rheumatoid out-patient clinic at Ain Shams University hospitals. They answered three questionnaires, including self-esteem scale, quality of life scale, and sociodemographic datasheet. Results Of all the studied sample, females represented the higher percentage with 75%, 70% had severe degree of disease, 55% had higher percentage of weight gain, most of them were single, and most of them had deformity (72.5%). Results also indicated that there is a statistically significant negative correlation between self-esteem and systemic lupus and between quality of life and systemic lupus. Statistically significant positive correlation was found between quality of life and self-esteem. Conclusion This study concluded that the prevalence of systemic lupus is much higher among women in this Egyptian sample, and it significantly correlates negatively with both self-esteem and quality of life. Significant positive correlation was between quality of life and self-esteem. The study recommends providing patient with booklet about address of center to serve patients with systemic lupus. Make health education for women around 30 years of age to protect themselves from systemic lupus complication and increase their quality of life. Future studies with different methods, such as interview and focus group, could be used to achieve in-depth knowledge regarding systemic lupus.

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