Factors associated with health-related quality of life among a Northern Jordanian population

Laila M. Matalqah*, Khaldoon M. Radaideh, Moawiah M. Khatatbeh, Omar Al Omari

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Background: This study aimed to assess health-related quality of life among Northern Jordanians. Methods: A cross-sectional design study was conducted at three shopping centres in northern Jordan. Respondents were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing their quality of life using the SF-36 health survey. Results: Data were obtained from 915 Jordanian adults with a mean age of 33.8 years (SD = 28.2). The total SF-36 score for the whole population was 71.2. Females reported lower SF-36 scores in both physical and emotional health (P < 0.001), and the elderly reported the lowest physical health scores (P = 0.05). Physical health was dramatically affected by health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, back pain and asthma (P = 0.05). Conversely, emotional health was adversely affected by monthly income (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Quality of life among a northern Jordanian population was considered acceptable. Physical health worsened with ageing, obesity, back pain, rheumatoid pain, cardiovascular disease and asthmatic disease; however, emotional health was adversely affected by a lower socioeconomic level or chronic diseases. Young adults need more concern about their emotional health, which was highly affected by their economic level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e12680-1-e12680-8
JournalEpidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Jordan
  • Obesity
  • Quality of life
  • SF-36

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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