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Unfallchirurg. 2002 May;105(5):413-22.

[Systematic development of a scale for determination of health-related quality of life in multiple trauma patients. The Polytrauma Outcome (POLO) Chart].

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Biochemische und Experimentelle Abteilung, Universität Köln.

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  • Unfallchirurg 2002 Jul;105(7):605.


Even years after having sustained multiple injuries patients often suffer from its sequelae. These comprise restrictions in physical function, but also pain, social and psychological impairments. Although the Meran Consensus Conference in 1990 defined the contents of "quality of life" (QoL) measures in surgery, still no instrument is available for the valid assessment of all relevant QoL domains in multiple injured patients. This paper describes the systematic development of a modular instrument for the assessment of health related QoL. Within three phases (phase I: generation of items, phase II: item reduction, phase III: pre-testing in 70 multiple injured and control patients) a questionnaire of 57 items was developed, which measures all relevant trauma-related aspects of QoL after acute hospital care. In combination with the Glascow Outcome Scale (GOS), the EUROQOL and the SF-36, the newly developed instrument builds the Polytrauma Outcome Chart (POLO-Chart) which will also be used as "Part E" for outcome assessment within the "Trauma registry" of the German Society for Trauma Surgery. In phase IV, the POLO-Chart will finally be validated in five trauma centres (Celle, Essen, Hanover, Cologne und Munich).

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