The Relationship between Dimensions of Health Related Quality of Life and Health Conditions among Elderly People: A Fuzzy Linear Regression Approach

  •  Lazim Abdullah    
  •  Noor Jamalina Mohd Jamal    


Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is one of the escalating subjects used for assessing health condition among patients who suffer specific diseases or ailments. It has been known that dimensions of HRQoL are able to mirror one’s overall health condition using mainly standard statistical technique. However, devising the extent of contribution of multiple dimensions towards overall health conditions is not straight forward as the arbitrary nature of HRQoL dimensions. Therefore this paper aims to propose a model to explain the relationship between HRQoL dimensions and overall health condition using a matrix driven fuzzy linear regression. An experiment was conducted to measure the strength of the relationship among elderly people via judgment provided by ten decision makers. The health condition linguistic data and scaled data of regularity of experiencing health-related problems among elderly people were given by the decision makers. The five stepwise computations based on matrix-driven fuzzy linear regression were proposed to describe the relationship. It is found that nearly forty six percent variations in overall health condition of elder people were explained by the eights HRQoL dimensions. The employment of matrix-driven multivariate fuzzy linear regression model has successfully identified the strength of the relationship between multi dimensions of HRQoL and overall health condition in the case of elderly people.

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