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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Nov;119(5):486-91.

Impact of endoscopic sinus surgery on global health perception: an outcomes study.

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  • 1Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY 40292, USA.


The Medical Outcome Study Short-Form 36-item Health Survey (SF-36) was used to prospectively assess outcomes after endoscopic sinus surgery. Our study found that chronic rhinosinusitis has a significant adverse impact on patient-perceived functional status and quality of life. Endoscopic sinus surgery resulted in statistically significant improvement in both disease-specific symptoms and patient-perceived global health status at 6 and 12 months of follow-up. The SF-36 is recommended for use as the global health monitor in outcomes evaluation for chronic rhinosinusitis.

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