RESEARCH ARTICLE


The Influence of Partial Curfew on the Quality of life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 Pandemic



Heba AlNujaidi1, Asma Alfayez2, *, Atheer Alsaif1, Demah Alsalman2, Sama’a Almubarak2, Salma Almulla1
1 Public Health Department, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Health Information Management and Technology Department, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Health Information Management and Technology Department, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia; E-mail: afayez@iau.edu.sa


Abstract

Objectives:

The study aims to explore individual's QoL during COVID-19’s imposed partial curfew in Saudi Arabia.

Methods:

A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. A total of 1353 adult participants completed the World Health Organization Quality of Life - BREF online questionnaire during COVID-19’s imposed curfew. Pearson correlation and one-way ANOVA was conducted to examine the association between the QoL domains, and to examine the association between the QoL domains and sociodemographic characteristics, respectively.

Results:

The findings showed that social and environmental QoL were the most affected by the pandemic. Sociodemographic characteristics played a role in shaping differences in QoL among the four dimensions of QoL. Men, non-Saudis, private sector employees, and people with income below SAR5,000 reported the lowest QoL.

Conclusion:

The COVID-19 pandemic changed people’s lives, their activities and relationships. It affected their QoL in different dimensions and based on specific sociodemographic characteristics. The study findings have implications for policymakers to tailor programs that focus on the different aspects of QoL including social, environmental, physical and psychological domains.

Keywords: Quality of Life, WHOQOL, Health, Pandemic, COVID-19, ANOVA.