Health-related Quality of Life and Associated Factors Among Undergraduate University Students

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Naim Nur ; Ahmet Kıbık ; Esma Kılıç ; Haldun Sümer (2017)
  • Publisher: Oman Medical Specialty Board
  • Journal: Oman Medical Journal (issn: 1999-768X, eissn: 2070-5204)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5001/omj.2017.62
  • Subject: Original Article | R | Students | Health-Related Quality of Life | Medicine | Cross-Sectional Studies
    mesheuropmc: humanities

Objectives: The aims of this study were to explore factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among students of Cumhuriyet University, Turkey. Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 1751 undergraduate students. HRQOL was measured using the Turkish version of 36-Item Short Form Health Survey questionnaire. We looked at the effect of sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., gender, age, drinking, and smoking) on the individual HRQOL domains. Results: Place of residency (odds ratio (OR) = 3.947 for role emotion dimension), smoking status (OR = -2.756 for role physical dimension), received amount of pocket money (OR = 2.463 for mental health dimension), and body mass index (OR = 1.463 for mental health dimension) were the factors significantly associated with the HRQOL. Conclusions: Young students’ HRQOL is affected by socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral factors. To improve student’s HRQOL, any health-promoting strategies should focus on modifiable risk factors and socioeconomic supports for students.
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