The late effects of poliomyelitis in Queensland
This paper reports an investigation of new health problems reported by Queensland residents with a prior history of poliomyelitis. 126 people with a past history of paralytic poliomyelitis were recruited from the waiting list for the trial Post Polio Clinic at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Brisbane. A self-administered postal questionnaire was used to examine a number of variables including acute poliomyelitis histories; presence, duration and severity of new symptoms consistent with the late effects of poliomyelitis; changes in functional status between the maximal recovery period and the time of the survey and the impact of post-polio symptoms on lifestyle and employment. The most frequent new symptoms reported were muscle weakness (87 per cent), unusual tiredness (79 per cent), joint pain (79 per cent), muscle pain (61 per cent) and muscle cramps (71 per cent). Subjects reported an increased reliance on assistive devices and a decreased level of independence with activities of daily living, particularly with mobility-related tasks. Eighty- three per cent of subjects had made lifestyle changes as a result of post-polio symptoms and 67 per cent of those subjects in the workforce reported making changes to their employment, such as reduced hours of work.
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Mary Lynch and Nancy Low Choy. "The late effects of poliomyelitis in Queensland" Australasian epidemiologist 11.2 (2004): 3-7.
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