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Disability and quality of life in individuals with postpolio syndrome.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
2000 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 22, no 9, 416-422 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to investigate disability and quality of life in individuals with the characteristic symptoms of postpolio syndrome. METHOD: Disability is assessed by means of the self-report activities of daily living instrument, and quality of life by means of Kaasa's questionnaire and the quality of life profile. RESULTS: The 39 subjects have on average lived with polio sequelae for 52 years. Their main difficulties are with moving, lifting and carrying. This means restricted mobility, sedentary activities and a need to prioritize. Half of them feel that polio has lessened their possibilities in life, and a quarter have still not accepted the limitations polio has involved. Nevertheless the majority report a high level of psychosocial well-being, and almost a quarter say that living with polio has meant personal development and strength. We found a significant correlation between on the one hand disability with regard to ambulation, arm strength and finger strength on the self-report ADL, and on the other hand the number of negative problems on the quality of life profile (0.33-0.45). CONCLUSION: The latter instrument needs further testing before its validity can be determined with certainty.

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2000. Vol. 22, no 9, 416-422 p.
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Activities of Daily Living, Adaptation; Psychological, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Female, Humans, Lifting, Male, Middle Aged, Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome/*psychology/rehabilitation, Quality of Life, Sex Factors, Social Adjustment, Statistics; Nonparametric, Sweden, Walking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3698PubMedID: 10894205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-3698DiVA: diva2:34518
Available from: 2007-10-10 Created: 2007-10-10 Last updated: 2010-04-30Bibliographically approved

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