Disability and handicap in late poliomyelitis
Einarsson G, Grimby G
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Gothenburg University, Sweden
The impact of long-standing polio sequelae in terms of disability and handicap was studied in 41 patients (17 men and 24 women, mean age 54 years). Twenty-nine (71%) of these met the criteria for post-polio syndrome. The Katz' ADL index, the Functional Status Questionnaire (FSQ), selected questions concerning social needs and support and the WHO ICIDH-Classification of handicaps were used. A substantial impact on intermediate (secondary or instrumental) ADL was a consistent finding, most severely affecting the quality of mobility. This emphasizes needs for individual rehabilitation services including transportation, walking and domestic aids.
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