Quality of life of patients with telemetric pumps for intrathecal baclofen infusion

Data and limitations of assessment scales

Placido Bramanti, Giangaetano D'Aleo, Carmela Rifici, Antonella Alagna, Angelo Cannata, Edoardo Sessa, Paolo Di Bella, Giuseppe Marra

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Abstract

Over the past three decades, telemetric pumps have been used for the infusion of intrathecal baclofen in patients with severe spasticity, but the correlation between pump implantation and quality of life (QoL) has rarely been studied. The aim of this study was therefore to quantify QoL in these patients. We assessed 15 candidates for intrathecal baclofen infusion pump implantation using three scales: Self-Evaluation of Life Function, Quality of Life Index, and Quality of Well-Being Scale. These scales were administered a week before pump implantation and 12 months after reaching the optimal dosage. The first scale revealed a significant increase in QoL, whereas on the other two the increase was not significant. These results encourage us to continue this study in a larger patient sample, considering different types of pathology and presence/absence of caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

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Keywords

  • Baclofen
  • Intrathecal
  • Life
  • Pump
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Quality of life of patients with telemetric pumps for intrathecal baclofen infusion : Data and limitations of assessment scales. / Bramanti, Placido; D'Aleo, Giangaetano; Rifici, Carmela; Alagna, Antonella; Cannata, Angelo; Sessa, Edoardo; Di Bella, Paolo; Marra, Giuseppe.

In: Functional Neurology, Vol. 19, No. 4, 10.2004, p. 227-231.

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