Living with a chronic disease: insights from patients with a low socioeconomic status

Last updated on 15-12-2021 by Brecht Devleesschauwer

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Background Little is known about how patients with low socioeconomic status (SES) experience their chronic disease, and how it impacts health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Compared to their more affluent counterparts, worse outcomes have been reported. A better understanding of the domains of HRQoL that are relevant to these specific populations is therefore needed. We explored the experiences of living with a chronic disease in low SES persons. Methods A qualitative interview study was performed in Flanders, Belgium. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in chronically ill …

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