Factors Related to Quality of Life Among Psoriasis Patients at Out Patient Department, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital


  • Angkana kittichaiyakorn Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital
  • Decha Tamdee Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Nethong Namprom Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Patchara Naktanom Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital


Quality of life, Psoriasis, Factor related


 Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. Patients with psoriasis have flaky skin on their arms and legs, which affects their body image. It also causes the patient to have stress, depression, social isolation and deteriorate their quality of life. A descriptive correlational study was to examine quality of life and factors related to quality of life among psoriasis patients.  The sample were 110 psoriasis patients who were diagnosed severity of psoriasis rash by physicians at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. The instruments consisted of 1) the demographic data record form, 2)  A self-esteem questionnaire with reliability of .73, 3) A body image questionnaire of (Hopwood, Fletcher, Lee, & Ghazal 2001) had reliability of .84, 4) A Psoriasis knowledge practice questionnaire had reliability of .7, and 5) the Thai version of psoriasis patients’ quality of life from Chularojanamontri, Suthipinittharm, & Kulthanan (2009) had reliability of .82. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson Product-moment Correlation.

The results revealed that, 67.01 % of sample had good quality of life. Age was moderate negatively correlated with quality of life (r =-.464, p < .001). Marital status was low negatively correlated with quality of life (r =-.236, p < .001). Education level was low negatively correlated low with quality of life (r= .247, p=.015). For PASI score’s factors and body surface area were moderately positive correlated with quality of life with a statistical significance at p < .001 (r = .481 and .469), respectively. The perceived impact of image was high positively correlated with quality of life (r=.784, P<.001) and Self-esteem was moderately negatively associated with quality of life among psoriasis patients (r=-.505, P<.001).

The results of this study indicate that promoting self-esteem and body image in psoriasis patients may promote their good quality of life.


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