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Physiotherapy. 2009 Sep;95(3):157-63. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2009.04.001. Epub 2009 Jun 4.

Physiotherapy and Guillain-Barré syndrome: results of a national survey.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. ian.davidson@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To discover the extent to which persons with Guillain-Barré syndrome receive treatment by a physiotherapist (as inpatients and outpatients), and to assess whether the amount of treatment received is related to outcome.

DESIGN:

Survey method using self-administered questionnaires distributed through a national database.

PARTICIPANTS:

Members of the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group (n=1535).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

General patient data, general mobility, F-score, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Short Form-36 and Fatigue Severity Scale.

RESULTS:

In total, 884/1535 (58%) complete responses were received. Nearly 10% of respondents had not received treatment by a physiotherapist in hospital despite their average functional level being the same as respondents who had received treatment in hospital. One-quarter of respondents said that they had not received treatment following hospital discharge despite the identification of relatively high levels of disability. Those who did not receive treatment by a physiotherapist following discharge were less severely disabled. This may indicate that physiotherapists tend to offer treatment to more severely disabled patients. The majority of patients reported disabling fatigue; whilst not statistically related to receipt of treatment by a physiotherapist, this highlights the importance of assessing fatigue in treatment plans to improve physical functioning.

CONCLUSION:

Improvements to policy and practice can be made by widening inpatient accessibility to treatment by a physiotherapist and increasing outpatient provision of treatment for patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome of all degrees of severity.

PMID:
19635334
DOI:
10.1016/j.physio.2009.04.001
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