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Spouse Perceptions of Patient Self-Reported Vertigo Severity and Dizziness.
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PMID:  22772005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: The present investigation was conducted in an effort to assess the level of congruence between patients and spouses for the patient's self-reported vertigo severity and dizziness handicap. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. PATIENTS: Fifty consecutive patients, and their spouses, evaluated in our Balance Disorders Laboratory in the Division of Vestibular Sciences. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Spouse version of the DHI (DHI-SP), Vertigo Symptom Scale (VSS), Spouse version of the VSS (VSS-SP), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). RESULTS: The mean DHI and DHI-SP total scores were not statistically different from one another (t49 = 1.58, p = 0.16) and were strongly correlated (r = 0.79, p < 0.01). The VSS and VSS-SP scores were statistically different (t49 = 2.33, p = 0.02) but were still moderately correlated (r = 0.56, p < 0.01). Spouses tended to overestimate vertigo severity. We observed an increase in the frequency of occurrence of clinically significant anxiety and depression not only in patients but in spouses as well. Furthermore, anxious patients tended to be married to anxious spouses, and depressed patients tended to be married to depressed spouses. Finally, the mean DHI scores were significantly greater for patients with clinically significant anxiety and/or depression, but the presence of patient anxiety and/or depression did not affect spousal congruence. CONCLUSION: The results attest to the congruence of patient and spouse perceptions of vertigo severity and dizziness handicap.
Erin G Piker; Gary P Jacobson; Aline T Tran; Devin L McCaslin; Sue T Hale
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1537-4505     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100961504     Medline TA:  Otol Neurotol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
*Division of Vestibular Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and †Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
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