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BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 Jul 17;14:211. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-14-211.

Disability and health-related quality of life in patients undergoing spinal fusion: a comparison with a general population sample.

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Jyväskylä Central Hospital, Jyväskylä, Finland. pekkanen.auvinen@fimnet.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of the present study was to compare one-year-follow-up data on disability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) between spinal fusion patients and age- and sex-matched general population.

METHODS:

The data on fusion patients were collected prospectively using a spinal fusion data base in two Finnish hospitals. A general population sample matched for age, sex and residential area was drawn from the Finnish Population Register. All participants completed a questionnaire and the main outcome measures were the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the Short Form-36 questionnaire (SF-36).

RESULTS:

Altogether 252 (69% females) fusion patients and 682 (67% females) population sample subjects participated in the study. In general population the mean ODI was 15 (SD 17) in females and 9 (SD 13) in males. The corresponding preoperative ODI values were 47 (SD16) and 40 (SD 15) and one year follow-up values 22 (SD 17) and 23 (SD 20). In both sexes the ODI decreased significantly after surgery but remained higher than in the general population, p < 0.001. The physical component summary score (PCS) of the SF-36 was lower in the patients than general population sample both preoperatively and at one-year follow-up (p < 0.001). The mental component summary score (MCS) was lower preoperatively (p < 0.001), but reached the general population level after one year in both men (p = 0.42) and women (p = 0.61).

CONCLUSIONS:

Disability and HRQoL improved significantly after spinal fusion surgery during a one- year follow-up. However, the patients did not reach the level of the general population in the ODI or in the physical component of HRQoL at that time, although in the mental component the difference disappeared.

PMID:
23866859
PMCID:
PMC3720565
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2474-14-211
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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