Impact of Chikungunya infection on patients' quality of life: a 3 Months follow up
AuthorAhmed, Sazzad Zaman
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During 2017, an outbreak of chikungunya affected a large group of population in Bangladesh that caused a nationwide epidemic. In this study, 140 chikungunya patients have participated among whom 90 patients were from non-healthcare background and 50 patients were from healthcare background. Moreover, these patients were taken from different areas of Dhaka city, capital of Bangladesh. Additionally, this research aims to measure the impact on the quality of life for 3 months after recovering from chikungunya. Also, modern statistical tools have been used to analyze the data collected from the patients. Patients have suffered from various post chikungunya symptoms like fever, joint pain, muscle pain, skin rash, sleep disturbance, loss of appetite, headache and fatigue due to chikungunya. The most significant symptom that patients have faced is joint pain (P = 0.006) which is acquired during chikungunya. The level of satisfaction with their health condition is fair to good (Mean = +0.36). Thus, this research describes the impact of chikungunya in quality of life of the patients who lived in Dhaka city. The frequency of disease highlights the importance of developing prevention and treatment interventions.