Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 21-24

Health Related Quality Of Life In Patents With Spinal Disorders

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Prakash Kamath

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Spinal disorders are the major cause of disability and poor Quality Of Life (QoL). This study attempted to measure Health Related Quality Of Life (HRQoL) Spinal disorders using a brief, generic scale. Consecutive subjects with spinal disorders (n=102) were interviewed using two scales Karnofsky Performance Status, Euro QoL EQ-5D and two statements from WHOQoL-Bref. The study found that the overall HRQoL in spinal disorders is not so good in most of the patients. Pain and impaired mobility maximally contributed to the poor HRQoL. Socio demographic factors like age, education, habitat had significant relationship with HRQoL scores. Average time taken for HRQoL measurement was less than 5 minutes. In conclusion HRQoL in spinal disorders is generally not so good and brief generic scales to measure HRQOL can prove to be useful for routine use.

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