Quality of life among undergraduate university students duringCOVID-19 movement control order in Sarawak

Whye Lian, Cheah and Law, Leh Shii and Teh, Keng Hoong and Kam, Su Ling and Voon, Grace Ern Hu and Lim, Han Yong and Nuhes Seelan, Shashi Kumar (2021) Quality of life among undergraduate university students duringCOVID-19 movement control order in Sarawak. Health Research Reports, 4 (3). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2398-8835

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Background and Aims: The aim of this study was to examine the QoL and health satisfaction of undergraduate university students in Sarawak during MCO and its association with socio-demographic profiles. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, QoL and satisfaction of health of 503 undergraduate university students (63.4% females) from a public university was assessed online using the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL)-BREF instrument. Results: The overall QoL and satisfaction with health were 3.7 ± 0.87 and 3.9 ± 0.82, respectively. Male students showed significantly lower mean scores for the environmental domains than female students (63.37 ± 16.21 vs 68.10 ± 14.00, p<0.01). Students who lived inside the campus (vs outside campus) showed significantly lower mean score for the physical health (61.49±13.94 vs 67.23±13.93, p<0.01), environmental health (58.35±15.07 vs 70.49±13.21, p<0.01), overall QoL (3.39±0.90 vs 3.84±0.83, p<0.01) and satisfaction with health (3.71±0.90 vs 3.97±0.77, p<0.01). Students with parent’s income below RM5000 (vs parent’s income more than RM5000) had significantly lower mean score for the environmental domain (65.06±14.35 vs 68.20±15.74, p<0.05). Others ethnicity scored significantly lower than Bumiputera Sarawak and Malay while Bumiputera Sarawak scored significantly lower than Chinese in physical health domain (Malay = 65.73±13.40, Chinese = 63.24±15.35, Bumiputra Sarawak = 67.35±13.30, Others = 60.84±15.88, p<0.05). Malay (69.99 ± 15.20) scored the significantly higher than other ethnicities (Chinese = 63.58 ± 15.80; Bumiputera Malaysia = 65.23 ± 13.66; others = 63.98 ± 15.59) in environmental domain (p<0.01). When comparing between religions, the results also showed there were significant differences between different religion groups in overall quality of life (Islam=3.75±0.93, Christianity=3.77±0.79, Others=3.34±1.14, p<0.05), physical health (Islam=65.00±13.86, Buddhism=68.40±11.99, Christianity=64.77±14.94, Others=61.00±16.03, p<0.05) and environmental health (Islam=69.66±15.48, Buddhism=64.99±11.36, Christianity=64.87±15.61, Others=62.13±16.28, p<0.05). Conclusion: By understanding university students’ QoL in this global disaster, relevant authorities would provide a better rehabilitation and assistance to those affected ones.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COVID-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, movement control order, quality of life, university students, World Health Organization quality of life WHOQOL-BREF, UNIMAS, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Lian
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2021 02:08
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 08:34
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/35871

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