Quality of life and health conditions reported from two postpolio clinics in ISRAEL

Tamar Jacob, Alex Shapira

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the perceptions of health and quality of life among a group of polio survivors in Israel and to identify potential activities for improving their quality of life. Design: An observational study. Subjects: The sample consisted of 101 polio survivors who sought treatment at 2 post-polio clinics in Israel. The majority of participants were between the ages of 45 and 65 years, and approximately 25% were wheelchair-bound. Methods: Participants were invited to attend a seminar, where they were invited to complete a questionnaire on demographic variables, mobility, perceptions of and satisfaction with health status and quality of life, and the potential contribution of 16 activities to improve their quality of life. Results: Participants had low physical scores and normative mental scores. Mean scores on the Short-Form-12 questionnaire for physical and mental components were 32.9 and 50.3, respectively. Approximately 70% expressed the belief that exposure to up-to-date information about post-polio, as well as participation in social activities, might improve their quality of life. Conclusion: Information about the physical and mental components of polio survivors, as well as the desire to partake in specific activities for polio survivors, may serve as a basis for the operations and prioritization of service providers

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-379
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Health status
  • Physically disabled
  • Polio
  • Quality of life

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