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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Jun;86(6):1134-40.

The impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome on the physical profile and quality of life.

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Physiotherapy Department, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, P.R. China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on the physical fitness and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among SARS survivors.

DESIGN:

A cohort study.

SETTING:

An outpatient physiotherapy department in a major hospital in Hong Kong.

PARTICIPANTS:

SARS patients (N=171) discharged from the hospital. Their mean age was 37.36+/-12.65 years, and the average number of days of hospitalization was 21.79+/-9.93 days.

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Subjects cardiorespiratory (6-minute walk test [6MWT], Chester step test for predicting maximal oxygen uptake [Vo 2 max]), musculoskeletal (proximal/distal muscle strength and endurance test), and HRQOL status (Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey [SF-36]) were measured and compared with the normative data matched for age and sex.

RESULTS:

Seventy-eight (45.61%) patients continued to require prednisolone (< 0.5mg.kg -1 .d -1 ) for residual lung opacities when data were collected. The values of 6MWT distance, predicted Vo 2 max, proximal and distal muscle strength, and the scores from all SF-36 domains, particularly perceived role-physical, were significantly lower than the normative data ( P <.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

SARS survivors had deficits in cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal performance, and their HRQOL appeared to be significantly impaired.

PMID:
15954051
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2004.09.025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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