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A Journal on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after Pathological Events

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER), European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM), European Union of Medical Specialists - Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Section (UEMS-PRM), Mediterranean Forum of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (MFPRM), Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (EEFIAP)
In association with International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
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Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 1973-9087

Online ISSN 1973-9095


Europa Medicophysica 1998 December;34(4):189-201


Quality of ­life and ­social inte­gra­tion ­after trau­mat­ic ­brain inju­ry: a two-­year fol­low-up

Franceschini M., Perdon L., Bertagnoni G., Sgarabottolo E.

Divisione di Recupero e Rieducazione Funzionale, Unità Spinale, Presidio Ospedaliero di Vicenza, ­USSL n. 6 Vicenza - Regione Veneto

BACKGROUND: This ­study exam­ined the qual­ity of ­life and ­some ­aspects of ­social inte­gra­tion in a ­group of sub­jects who had suf­fered ­severe ­brain inju­ry.
METHODS: Inclusion cri­te­ria for the ­study ­were: age at trau­ma great­er ­than 5 ­years and sur­vi­val two-­years ­beyond treat­ment (min­i­mum fol­low-up). After a ret­ro­spec­tive clin­i­cal ­data col­lec­tion, a tele­phone sur­vey was car­ried out and ­this ­involved a ques­tion and ­answer for­mat refer­ring to dif­fer­ent ­aspects of ­social inte­gra­tion and a rat­ing ­system to ­assess ­life sat­is­fac­tion (­scale ­range 0-10). This sur­vey was ­also extend­ed to a ­close rel­a­tive of the ­patient. A ­total of 78 ­patients (mean age was 33.2 ­years) ­were select­ed, but ­only 61 ­patients actu­al­ly ­took ­part in the ­study. At fol­low-up sev­er­al alter­a­tions in rou­tine activ­ities (includ­ing ­work/­study), the use of lei­sure ­time, emo­tion­al stat­us and the pres­ence of ­pain ­were not­ed. All ­three sub­scales uti­lized for assess­ing func­tion­al capac­tities ­reached val­ues great­er ­than 6 in a con­sis­tent num­ber of cas­es.
RESULTS: The ­results of the ­study dem­on­strat­ed inter­est­ing cor­re­la­tions ­between ­both clin­i­cal ­data and the ­answers to the ques­tionn­aire. A par­tic­u­lar­ly sig­nif­i­cant cor­re­la­tion was ­found ­between ques­tion­naire ­items and the eval­u­a­tion ­made by the ­patient’s rel­a­tive.
CONCLUSIONS: This ­meant ­that the ques­tionn­aire uti­lized was ­more indic­a­tive of the ­patient’s ­well-­being as ­observed by a rel­a­tive rath­er ­than the ­patient him or her­self.

language: English


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