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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Jun 1;48(11):1559-65. doi: 10.1086/598930.

Health-related quality of life and posttraumatic stress disorder among survivors of left-sided native valve endocarditis.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine, and AIDS, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The long-term prognosis of endocarditis is described primarily in relation to clinical outcome measures-for example, such complications as cerebrovascular accident, cardiac failure, need for cardiac surgery, relapse rate, and mortality. To our knowledge, to date, no studies have examined the health-related quality of life and the prevalence of long-term persistence of physical symptoms for survivors of left-sided native valve endocarditis.

METHODS:

We conducted a prospective follow-up study of patients treated for left-sided native valve endocarditis from 1 November 2000 through 31 October 2003 in 23 hospitals in the Netherlands. Of 86 patients eligible to participate, 55 completed questionnaires administered 3 m and 12 m after discharge; an additional 12 patients completed questionnaires 12 m after discharge only, making a total of 67 patients in our study. Persistence of symptoms and employment status were recorded. The health-related quality of life was measured by using the Dutch version of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36-item health survey and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Three months after the end of antimicrobial treatment, 41 (75%) of 55 patients still had physical symptoms. Twelve months after the end of antimicrobial treatment, 36 (54%) of 67 patients still had physical symptoms. Before the episode of endocarditis, 30 (81%) of 37 patients aged < or =60 years were employed and working. At 3 m follow-up, 16 (52%) of 31 patients returned to work, and at 12 m follow-up, 24 (65%) of 37 patients were working. One year after discharge, the health-related quality of life was impaired in 5 of 8 dimensions, compared with age-adjusted standard values, and 7 (11%) of 64 patients suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder.

CONCLUSIONS:

A year after discharge, most survivors of left-sided native valve endocarditis still had persisting symptoms and a seriously diminished quality of life, and 11% of patients suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID:
19392637
DOI:
10.1086/598930
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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