Quality of life in Friedreich ataxia: what clinical, social and demographic factors are important?
CL Wilson, MC Fahey, LA Corben, VR Collins, AJ Churchyard, PJ Lamont, MB Delatycki
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007
The aim of this study was to examine the impact of Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) on quality of life (QOL) using a generic tool to explore factors potentially associated with health status. Sixty-three individuals with genetically confirmed FRDA, self completed the Medical Outcomes Study 36 item Short Form Health Survey Version 2 (SF-36V2) and were assessed using the FRDA Rating Scale. Disease-specific, demographic, and social characteristics were also recorded. SF-36V2 results were compared with Australian population norms. Sample subgroups of disease severity and age at disease onset were reviewed. Physical and mental component summaries were examined in relation to clinical and social character..View full abstract