Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2011     Vol 36     No 2
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      UDK 613.95-056.24:617.3-089

ISSN 0350-2899, 36(2011) br.2 p.85-92

Original paper

The quality of life of children after orthopedic intervention
(Kvalitet života dece posle ortopedske intervencije)

Dušan Živić(1), Zoran Vukašinović(2)
(1) Ustanova - Institut za ortopedsko-hirurške bolesti “Banjica” Beograd,
(2) Medicinski fakultet Univerziteta u Beogradu


BACKGROUND: some diseases, especially those connected with the condition of bones and muscles, significantly complicate usual life activities and thus directly affect the quality of life of children. OBJECTIVE: the objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of life of orthopedically treated patients. It was our goal to familiarize with their health problems. In the future, that would both help us to provide better and more complete treatment and also make them easier doing their everyday activities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: this study included 50 patients from two to eighteen years of age, who were surgically treated. In order to compare the quality of life of children after surgical intervention we made a questionnaire that was applicable at different ages of children and at various spectrums of orthopedic disorders. RESULTS: the total number of examiners was 71. Before the distribution of the questionnaire, 17 patients were excluded from the study. Eight of them were out of the age range, three were being prepared for surgery and six were on physical treatment. Four more patients were excluded subsequently because they had not filled in the questionnaire properly. Analyzing the collected data and comparing the results between the examined and the control groups we noticed statistically significant differences (p<0.05) in almost all spheres of the tests and all age categories. The most usual reasons that caused decreased social and sports activities of the patients were health problems in general as well as doctors’ and parents’ advice. The pain as a reason was getting more and more frequent with the growing of age. CONCLUSION: we concluded that there was a huge difference in the quality of life of orthopedically treated children as compared to their peers which was obvious in all spheres of life: from physical functionality to social and emotional components.
Key words: quality of life, pediatric orthopedics, questionnaire of quality of life

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian

      Corresponding Address:
Dušan Živić
Institut za ortopedsko-hirurške bolesti
"Banjica" Beograd
Phone 018/854-156, Mob.064/300-6-100;
Paper received: 19.09.2011
Paper aaccepted: 22.09.2011
Paper Internet issues: 21.10.2011
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