Health-related quality of life and disability in young patients with spina bifida

Luca Padua, Claudia Rendeli, Alessia Rabini, Elisabetta Girardi, Pietro Tonali, Elio Salvaggio

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Abstract

Objectives: To assess the health-related quality of life (QOL) and disability in young patients with spina bifida and to correlate them with the clinical examination findings. Design: Prospective multidimensional study by means of (1) clinical assessment, (2) self-administered questionnaire for general health, and (3) standardized disability measurements. Relationships between disability measurement, patient-oriented examination, and conventional clinical assessment were evaluated. Setting: Pediatric department at a university hospital in Italy. Patients: Twelve consecutive young patients with spina bifida (mean age, 15.2y; range, 14-18y). Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: The Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, the FIMTM instrument, and the Barthel Index. Results: As expected, disability was inversely related (r=.72, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1388
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume83
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2002

Keywords

  • Disabled persons
  • Outcomes research
  • Quality of life
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal dysraphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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