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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: July | Volume: 8 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 113-121

Association between Level of Physical Activity and Quality of Life among Postpartum Women in Bangalore Urban Community

Mr. Demonge Kushan Anthony1, Mr. Vinod Babu. K2, Mrs. Hubika Joshi3, Mr. Sai Kumar. N4,
Mr. Madan Mohan. M. R5

1MPT (2015-2017), Goutham College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore. India,
2 Professor in Physiotherapy, Goutham College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, India.
Affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. India.
3Physiotherapist, Medsol Hospital, Bangalore, India.
4Principal & Professor, 5Associate Professor,
College of Physiotherapy, Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics, Affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. India.

Corresponding Author: Mr. Demonge Kushan Anthony


Background and Objective: Postpartum period is defined as the period beginning immediately after the birth of a child up to six weeks of postnatal period. There is evidence that physical activity plays an important role in enhancing and maintaining women's physical health in the postpartum which helps in improving quality of life. There is no study found the association between physical activity and Quality of Life of postpartum women in Bangalore Urban Community. The purpose of the study to find the Level of Physical Activity associated with the Quality of Life in Postpartum women in Bangalore urban community.
Method: A correlation study design conducted on 104 postpartum women at the 6th week post-natal clinical visit selected from various hospitals and clinics in Bangalore urban community. The outcome measure such as Level of physical activity of the subjects was evaluated using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and Quality of Life was evaluated using WHOQOL-BREF Questionnaire.
Results: The outcome measures of IPAQ and WHOQOL were correlated using Pearson coefficient of correlation. When total MET of Physical activity correlated with physical, psychological, social relationship and environmental domain of Quality of Life it was found that there is a significant weak positive correlation.
Conclusion: It is concluded that Physical activity like vigorous activity, walking activity is significantly associated with Quality of Life of postpartum women of Bangalore urban community. The moderate physical activity found no significant relation with quality of life.

Key words: Physical Activity, Quality of Life, Postpartum women, International Physical Activity Questionnaire, IPAQ, WHOQOL, World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire.

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