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Functional status and health-related quality of life in patients with primary intracranial tumour.
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PMID:  24632911     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
This study aimed to evaluate the functional status and HRQoL in patients with primary intracranial tumours in Malaysia. Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) and Modified Barthel Index (MBI) were used to assess the functional status whereas EORTC core Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-C30) and Brain Cancer Module (BN-20) questionnaires were used to assess the HRQoL. Thirty-eight patients with primary intracranial tumours admitted for surgery in University Malaya Medical Center were recruited. These assessments were administered before surgery (baseline) and six months after surgery (follow-up). All patients received some form of rehabilitation interventions after surgery. The global HRQoL and functional status of these patients showed improvement at six months after surgery. Emotional Functioning score showed the greatest improvement among the functional domains (63 vs 86, p=0.003). Reduction in symptom burden such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain and headache were also noted at follow-up together with less future uncertainty (p<0.05). Pearson correlation revealed statistically significant positive correlation between functional status and HRQoL at baseline and follow-up, in particular, global health status (r=0.50 and r=0.67), physical functioning (r=0.53 and r=0.90) and role functioning (r=0.34 and r=0.77). Thus, from the correlation found, improving a patient's function and independence level throughout all stages of care, even before any surgical intervention is offered would improve the HRQoL concurrently.
A L Ooi; M Mazlina
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Malaysia     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0300-5283     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Malaysia     Publication Date:  2013 Dec 
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Created Date:  2014-03-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361547     Medline TA:  Med J Malaysia     Country:  Malaysia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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