Acta Ortopédica Brasileira
versión impresa ISSN 1413-7852
PAPP, Márcia Regina et al. Comparison between DASH and SF-36 of the injured elbow rehabilitated in occupational therapy. Acta ortop. bras. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.6, pp. 356-361. ISSN 1413-7852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-78522011000600007.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate upper limb function and quality of life of patients who have suffered from traumatic elbow lesion, submitted to surgical treatment and rehabilitation. METHODS: Through a transversal study, 22 patients diagnosed with traumatic elbow lesion, treated surgically by the UNIFESP Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Group and rehabilitated at Lar Escola São Francisco, Occupational Therapy division, Hand and Upper Limb Therapy service, were evaluated using the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and SF-36 Short-Form questionnaires. Results: The average DASH score was 31.36. The average result of the SF-36 domains was 60.32, for functional capacity; 27.05 for the physical aspect; 59.19, for pain; 66.99 for general health; 59.95 for vitality; 73.75 for the social aspect; 38.18 for the emotional aspect and 62.43 for mental health. The results of the DASH were not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Patients with elbow traumatic lesion are capable of carrying out daily activities, but show some level of reduced function of the damaged limb and impaired quality of life. Level of Evidence V, Therapeutic Studies investigating the results of treatment.
Palabras llave : Occupational Therapy; Rehabilitation Program; Elbow [injuries]; Evaluation; Quality of Life.