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Quality of life and related factors in women, aged 15–49 in the 12-month post-partum period in Turkey

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Dr Belgin Akýn, Selcuk University, Konya Saglýk Yuksek Okulu, Selçuklu/Konya, Turkey. Email: belak1@hotmail.com

Abstract

Aim:  The aim of the present study was to examine the quality of life (QoL) and related factors in women in a 12-month postpartum period.

Methods:  A cross-sectional study was undertaken to ascertain the factors related to QoL of postpartım women in Konya city, Turkey. Participants of the study consisted of 1749 first-year postpartum women. Main outcome measures were Quality of Life Scale and factors potentially related to postpartum QoL.

Results:  It was found that being over the age of 35 years, having a spouse with a low level of education, having a low income, having a large number of children, not having social support from the spouse or other family members and not having time to rest or sleep were related to QoL.

Conclusions:  The QoL of postpartum women is related not only to sociodemographic and fertility characteristics, but also to the degree that social support is available and a woman's ability to find time for herself to rest and sleep.

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