Quality of Life during Rehabilitation of Distal forearm Fracture: A Pilot Study

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 16-18 | Devanshu Pathak, Prahlad Kadambi, Pushpa Krishna.

Authors: Devanshu Pathak [1], Prahlad Kadambi [1], Pushpa Krishna [2].

[1] Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage , Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070 India

[2] Department of Physiology, KIMS Bangalore, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 070

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Prahlad Kadambi
c/o  Dr. Pushpa Krishna 
Prof., Department of Physiology, 
KIMS Bangalore, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 070


Introduction: Rehabilitation refers to restoring health by therapy. Studies have suggested that there is deterioration of the quality of life during rehabilitation period of fractures. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life during the rehabilitation of distal forearm fracture.

Methodology: Qualeffo questionnaire was used to determine the quality of life after obtaining permission from the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Institutional Ethics committee approval was obtained. Seven patients were randomly chosen (Mean age: 32.71 ± 23 years) from the wards of the Department of Orthopaedics, KIMS Hospital, Bengaluru, during September 2016. Inclusion criteria were patients 4 weeks into rehabilitation with distal forearm fracture. The study was explained to them and written consent obtained. The Qualeffo questionnaire was administered by interview method. A Qualeffo index ≥ 2700/4800 was considered as deteriorated quality of life. Data were tabulated and statistical analysis performed using statistical software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) V18.0.

Results: Mean Qualeffo index was 3114.28 ± 800.76. Five of seven patients (71.4%) had a deteriorated quality of life with Qualeffo index ≥ 2700. Mean score of disability disturbance was 3.714 ± 0.88. Mean score of the quality of life perception is 4.571 ± 0.49. There is a positive association between age and Qualeffo score which is statistically significant (r = 0.819, P = 0.023). A negative association between affected side in distal forearm fracture and index of the quality of life perception was observed but is not statistically significant (r= -0.471, P = 0.29).

Conclusion: Quality of life is affected during the rehabilitation of distal forearm fracture. However, the results of the study have to be confirmed with a study in a larger sample size.

Keywords: Quality of life, fracture


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How to Cite this article: Pathak D, Kadambi P, Krishna P. Quality of Life during Rehabilitation of Distal forearm Fracture: A Pilot Study. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 16-18.

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