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Reconstructive spinal surgery: assessment of outcome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8903285     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One of the foremost problems in evaluating patients who have had spinal surgery is the difficulty in reliably assessing changes in symptoms and function attributable to the operative procedure. In this study, a questionnaire was sent to patients who had had spinal surgery at least 6 months earlier. The data were entered into a data base that contained information about the surgical procedure. Correlation studies were conducted and t tests were used to find statistically significant differences. Seventy-two patients returned the completed questionnaire. The rate of return to work was significantly lower among those involved in workers' compensation or litigation and those with prolonged preoperative unemployment. Depression inversely correlated with satisfaction, the number of dissatisfied patients correlating directly with the number of patients significantly depressed. Physical deconditioning, change in attitude and perception, preinjury job dissatisfaction, secondary gain, and other medical conditions significantly decreased the probabilities of return to work and satisfaction.
C R Bossons; J Levy; C E Sutterlin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1996 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-19     Completed Date:  1996-12-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1045-52     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Florida Foundation for Research in Spinal Disorders Inc, Gainesville 32605, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Depressive Disorder / psychology
Disabled Persons
Follow-Up Studies
Job Satisfaction
Patient Satisfaction
Quality of Life
Spinal Diseases / physiopathology,  psychology,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome
Workers' Compensation

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