USU Conference Systems, International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ICTROMI) 2017

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Social Acceptance and Quality of Life of Leprosy Patients

Last modified: 2017-10-19


Abstract. A number of  leprosy patients facing problems in many aspects such as social, economic, cultural and national security. True, from the debilitating effects and disfigurements of leprosy, the society tend to stigmatize negatively those suffering from leprosy. The impact of negative stigma in society causes depression and problems in workplace cause difficulty in patient’s daily life. Neuropathic pain disturbs the quality of life of leprosy patients which could become so severe and significant. The neuropathic pain will lowered their productivity which later caused difficulties in finding job. This study was an analytical observational study to identify the correlation between neuropathic pain and quality of life in Leprosy Hospital of Sicanang in Medan Belawan. Result showed that there is correlation between neuropathic pain and disruption of quality of life (p = 0.017).  In conclusion, the milder the neuropathic pain experienced by persons with leprosy, the less the quality of life will be disturbed.

Keywords: Social Acceptance of Leprosy, Quality of Life, Depression on Leprosy