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A comparison of community function and quality of life between adults with myelomeningocele and cerebral palsy

C MINTER MA, C TYLKOWSKI MD, K BYLICA-PERRYMAN MS, D KNAPP
MSW, N STROUPE BA

  1. 1. Shriners Hospitals for Children, Lexington, KY, USA

Objectives: To compare function and quality of life between adults with myelomeningocele (SB) an adults with cerebral palsy (CP) who were previously treated as children at our hospital.

Design: Prospective exploratory cohort study.

Participants: A convenience sample of 90 participants from a total of 610, (age 21-39y) with CP and 99 from a total of 371 (age 21-42y) with SB, previously treated at our hospital, completed a 2-hour telephone interview.

Method: One hundred and eighty-nine participants provided general information together with the Functional Independence Measujre (FIM), the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II). Analysis of variance and x 2 was used for analysis, with significance set at p<0.05.

Results: Description of survey results between adults with SB and CP are shown in Table E:1.

Conclusions: Despite identical function as measured by the FIM, similar integration into society, and higher reliance on caregivers, adults with CP are significantly less depressed and consider themselves to be in `good’ or `excellent’ health much more so than adults with myelomeningocele. However, adults with myelomeningocele report a slightly higher satisfaction with life.

Acknowledgements: kosair Charities, Inc., Louisville, KY, USA

 
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