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Міжнародний неврологічний журнал 3 (81) 2016

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The Development of Self-Reported Questionnaire for Patients with Suspected Peripheral Nervous System Disorders

Автори: Yavorska N.P., Smilevska V.V. - Lviv National Medical University named after Danylo Halytskyi, Lviv, Ukraine

Рубрики: Неврологія

Розділи: Медичні форуми

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The article was published on p. 163-164


Introduction. Neuropathies are common neurological diseases. Many patients with neuropathies come to out-patient department earlier and wait for a doctor. On the other hand, doctors often have limited amount of time for examination of the patients. The purpose of our work was to develop and evaluate a questionnaire that contains standard questions for such patients and can shorten time of neurologist consultation and simplify history taking.

Materials and methods. A questionnaire was administered to collect information about demographic characteristics, duration of illness, symptoms (including pain, with Visual Analog Scale), comorbidities, current and previous medications, recent tests and assessments, and habits. The questionnaire consisted of 26 questions. The questionnaire had also a smaller column, where neurologists could make notes. In total 40 patients (15 women and 25 men, aged 40.2 ± 15.7) completed the questionnaire in a private outpatient clinic. All the patients were referred by physicians who suspected neuropathies in these patients.
Results and discussion. The completion of the questionnaire took 653 ± 234 sec and the average number of answered questions was 20 (78 %). The patients mostly (87.7 %) answered the questions that required checking the box. The patients reported difficulties while answering questions «Line of Work» (12 patients — ​30 %) and «Nature of Occupation» (13 patients — ​32.5 %). The most difficult question for patients was the question «When did you feel healthy last time?» (for 16 patients — ​40 %). The items about medication and investigations were completed by 24 patients (60 %) and 30 (75 %) patients, respectively. The most common underlined symptoms were numbness (23 patients — ​57.5 %) and pain (18 (45 %) patients). Nine (22.5 %) patients wrote additional signs in blank spaces. Most of the patients (90 %) considered this questionnaire as simple.
Conclusion. This questionnaire is a simple and brief tool but it requires further development prior to application in the clinical practice.

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