Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23136
Title: The impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome on the physical profile and quality of life
Authors: Lau, HMC
Lee, EWC
Wong, CNC
Ng, GYF 
Jones, AYM
Hui, DSC
Keywords: Muscles
Oxygen consumption
Physical endurance
Quality of life
Rehabilitation
SARS virus
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: W.B. Saunders
Source: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2005, v. 86, no. 6, p. 1134-1140 How to cite?
Journal: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 
Abstract: Objective: To investigate the impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on the physical fitness and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among SARS survivors. Design: A cohort study. Setting: An outpatient physiotherapy department in a major hospital in Hong Kong. Participants: SARS patients (N=171) discharged from the hospital. Their mean age was 37.36±12.65 years, and the average number of days of hospitalization was 21.79±9.93 days. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Subjects' cardiorespiratory (6-minute walk test [6MWT], Chester step test for predicting maximal oxygen uptake [V̇o2max]), musculoskeletal (proximal/distal muscle strength and endurance test), and HRQOL status (Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey [SF-36]) were measured and compared with the normative data matched for age and sex. Results: Seventy-eight (45.61%) patients continued to require prednisolone (<0.5mg·kg -1·d-1) for residual lung opacities when data were collected. The values of 6MWT distance, predicted V̇o2max, proximal and distal muscle strength, and the scores from all SF-36 domains, particularly perceived role-physical, were significantly lower than the normative data (P<.05). Conclusions: SARS survivors had deficits in cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal performance, and their HRQOL appeared to be significantly impaired.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23136
ISSN: 0003-9993
EISSN: 1532-821X
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2004.09.025
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