CSF shunting improves long-term quality of life in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus: the INPH-CRasH Study
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Measurements of quality of life (QoL) are important when evaluating a surgical method. However, QoL after shunting in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH) is seldom assessed. The objective of this study was to assess QoL in a large cohort of shunted INPH patients, compared to the population, and investigate which factors influence QoL in INPH.
All INPH patients shunted in Sweden 2008-2010 were scrutinized. Population-based controls were age- and gender-matched to the patients. One hundred and seventy-six INPH patients and 368 controls were included. QoL was assessed using the EQ5D5L instrument, measuring overall QoL and health status in five dimensions. Independency, measured by accommodation and need for in-home care, and comorbidities were assessed. Patients were followed up 6-45 months after surgery (mean follow-up time: 21 months).
Shunted INPH patients had lower QoL than controls (p<0.001). The patients’ health status in mobility, self-care, daily activities, and anxiety/depression was worse than the controls both before and after surgery (p<0.001). Shunting improved QoL (p<0.001) and health status in all dimensions (p<0.005). The main predictors of low QoL in INPH were depression (p<0.001) and severity of gait disturbance (p=0.001). Fewer INPH patients than controls lived independently (45% vs 85%, p<0.001) Time after shunting had no influence on QoL.
Improvement in QoL after shunting in INPH is long lasting, but shunted INPH patients do not reach the same level of QoL as the population. Depression and severity of gait disturbance are the strongest predictors of low QoL in INPH.
normal pressure hydrocephalus, quality of life
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Neurology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120174OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120174DiVA: diva2:927032