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Quality of life in Swedish patients with post-polio syndrome with a focus on age and sex

Journal article
Authors T. D. Jung
L. Broman
Katharina S Sunnerhagen
H. Gonzalez
K. Borg
Published in International Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume 37
Issue 2
Pages 173-179
ISSN 0342-5282
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 173-179
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1097/mrr.000000000000...
Keywords age difference, sex difference, health-related quality of life, post-polio syndrome, SF-36 HEALTH SURVEY, POLIO SURVIVORS, INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN, PREDICTIVE FACTORS, RISK-FACTORS, FOLLOW-UP, DISABILITY, SEQUELAE, PEOPLE, POLIOMYELITIS, Rehabilitation, REHABILITATION, SCI, REHABILITATION, SSCI
Subject categories Clinical Medicine

Abstract

To investigate the health-related quality of life (QOL) in Swedish patients with post-polio syndrome (PPS), with a focus on sex and age. A total of 364 patients were recruited from five Swedish post-polio clinics. Analysis was carried out using SF-36 and data were compared with those of a normal population. QOL was significantly lower in PPS patients for all eight subdomains and the two main scores (physical compound score and mental compound score) when compared with the controls. Male patients had a significantly higher QOL than female patients for all subdomains and also for mental compound score and physical compound score, a phenomenon also observed in the normal population. There was a decrease in QOL in the physical domains and an increase in vitality with age. PPS decreases health-related QOL in both sexes, more in female patients. QOL for physical domains decreases whereas vitality increases with age in both sexes. (C) 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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