Physiotherapy and Guillain-Barré syndrome: results of a national survey.

Autor(es): Davidson Ian; Wilson Charlotte; Walton Timothy; Brissenden Shirley

Resumo: To discover the extent to which persons with Guillain-Barré syndrome receive treatment by a physiotherapist (as inpatients and outpatients), and to assess whether the amount of treatment received is related to outcome. Survey method using self-administered questionnaires distributed through a national database. Members of the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group (n=1535). General patient data, general mobility, F-score, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Short Form-36 and Fatigue Severity Scale. In total, 884/1535 (58%) complete responses were received. Nearly 10% of respondents had not received treatment by a physiotherapist in hospital despite their average functional level being the same as respondents who had received treatment in hospital. One-quarter of respondents said that they had not received treatment following hospital discharge despite the identification of relatively high levels of disability. Those who did not receive treatment by a physiotherapist following discharge were less severely disabled. This may indicate that physiotherapists tend to offer treatment to more severely disabled patients. The majority of patients reported disabling fatigue; whilst not statistically related to receipt of treatment by a physiotherapist, this highlights the importance of assessing fatigue in treatment plans to improve physical functioning. Improvements to policy and practice can be made by widening inpatient accessibility to treatment by a physiotherapist and increasing outpatient provision of treatment for patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome of all degrees of severity.

Imprenta: Physiotherapy, v. 95, n. 3, p. 157-163, 2009

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1016/

Descritores: Guillain-Barre Syndrome - Epidemiology ; Guillain-Barre Syndrome - Public health

Data de publicação: 2009