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Health-related quality-of-life assessment in patients with low back pain using SF-36 questionnaire

Department of Neurosurgery, Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania
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Medicina 2007, 43(8), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina43080077
Received: 22 September 2006 / Accepted: 12 June 2007 / Published: 19 June 2007
Objective. For complete assessment of benefits of the surgical intervention, it is essential to provide evidence of the impact on patients in terms of health status and healthrelated quality of life. In the present study, the preoperative 36-item Short Form (SF-36) Health Survey scores were determined in patients before lumbar microdiscectomy due to better preoperative screening likewise in the control group – almost healthy population taken into account any habitual ailments experienced in an appropriate age.
Patients and methods
. In the present study, we investigated a cohort of 100 patients with disc herniation causing low back pain and another hundred of the control subjects, matched by age and gender. The short form 36 general health questionnaire (SF-36) was applied.
Results
. Estimation of the SF-36 scores showed that (1) all of the domain values were considerably lower in the preoperative patient group than in the second one (P<0.01); (2) the bodily pain scores were closely correlated to the social function scores (R=0.7, P<0.01), whereas the physical function was less related to the bodily pain (R=0.6, P<0.01). The weakest correlation was observed between bodily pain and mental health and general health (R=0.4, P<0.01).
Conclusion
. The present study showed that the generic instrument, SF-36 Health Survey, was optimized paraclinical method for patients predisposed to surgical treatment of the lumbar disc herniation disease likewise for normal population individuals, matched by age and sex, in the assessment of health-related quality of life.
Keywords: disc herniation; low back pain; health-related quality of life; preoperative SF-36 scores disc herniation; low back pain; health-related quality of life; preoperative SF-36 scores
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Vereščiagina, K.; Ambrozaitis, K.V.; Špakauskas, B. Health-related quality-of-life assessment in patients with low back pain using SF-36 questionnaire. Medicina 2007, 43, 607.

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