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The Effects of Thoracic Surgery Operations on Quality of Life: A Multicenter Study.
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PMID:  24761784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Some treatment modalities may cause losses in patients' life comfort because of the treatment process. Our aim is to determine the effects of thoracic surgery operations on the patients' quality of life.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a multicenter and prospective study. A hundred patients, who had undergone posterolateral thoracotomy (PLT) and/or lateral thoracotomy (LT), were included in the study. Quality of life questionnaire (SF-36) was used to determine the changes in life comfort. SF-36 was performed before the operation, on the 1(st) month, 3(rd) month, 6(th) month and 12(th) month after the operation.
RESULTS: 72% (n=72) of the patients were male. PLT was performed to 66% (n=66) of the patients and LT was performed to 34% (n=34) of the patients. The types of resections in patients were pneumonectomy in 4 patients, lobectomy in 59 patients and wedge resection in 11 patients. No resection was performed in 26 patients. Thoracotomy caused deteriorations in physical-function (PF), physical role (RP), bodily pain (BP), health, vitality and social function scores. The deteriorations observed in the 3(rd) month improved in the 6(th) and 12(th) months. The PF, RP, BP and MH scores of the patients with lung resection were much more worsened compared to the patients who didn't undergo lung resection.
CONCLUSION: Thoracic surgery operations caused substantial dissatisfaction in life comfort especially in the 3(rd) month postoperatively. The worsening in physical function, physical role, pain and mental health is much more in patients with resection compared to the patients who didn't undergo resection.
Gürhan Oz; Okan Solak; Muzaffer Metin; Hıdır Esme; Adnan Sayar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The clinical respiratory journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1752-699X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Respir J     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101315570     Medline TA:  Clin Respir J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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