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Introduction and aims: Such chronic diseases as tuberculosis have short term and long term effects on patients’ quality of life. Due to the hazardous consequences of disrupted quality of life, the present research aims to examine the quality of life along with the intensity of depression in patients suffering from tuberculosis hospitalized in Bandar Lengeh’s hospitals. Methods: The present research was a cross-sectional, descriptive study conducted on patients suffering from tuberculosis who visited hospitals and the healthcare system in Bandar Lengeh in 2015. Census was the sampling method and 30 patients entered the study accordingly. In order to collect the data, demographic information questionnaire was used along with the Persian version of sf36 and Beck Depression Inventory. The collected data were analyzed using tests of correlation, independent-sample t-test as well as ANOVA. Results: 30 patients afflicted with tuberculosis whose average age was 38.0±14.1 years participated in this study. 53.3% of this sample were male while 46.7% were female. The range of the achieved scores was 59.70±21.69 for vitality domain and was 20.16±77.46 for the mental components. The total mean score of the quality of life was reported to be higher among men than women and was also higher among the single as compared to the married. According to Spearman test a significant negative correlation was found between the quality of life and patients’ depression (r=-.722).However, no statistically significant difference was reported (p>0.05).Statistical tests managed to find a significant negative correlation between these patients’ age and education level. No other significant correlation was found between the other variables in this study and the quality of life. Nevertheless, a significant negative correlation was observed between these patients’ quality of life and depression. Conclusions: Tuberculosis affects different aspects of depression and the quality of life such as the physical, functional, contextual, ideological and moral aspects. Attending to these differences and the influential factors is essential in order to use healthcare programs to promote the quality of patients’ life. Effective healthcare services currently provided not only help to improve the disease and its symptoms but also improve different aspects of patients’ life which further highlights the importance of curing this disease.

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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: General
Received: 2016/09/4 | Accepted: 2016/09/4 | Published: 2016/12/21