Quality of life of sepsis survivors: evaluation with a specific critical care questionnaire
- C Granja1
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2004
Published: 15 March 2004
Health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) is a relevant measurement of intensive care unit (ICU) outcome. This study aims to evaluate the HR-QOL in survivors of severe sepsis and septic shock (sepsis group) compared with survivors without sepsis (control group), using a specific questionnaire (QOL-SP), developed by Fernandez.
Six months after ICU discharge, survivors went to a follow-up consultation and the QOL-SP was applied. The QOL-SP comprises 15 items grouped in three subscales, which evaluate Basic Physiologic Activities (BPA), Normal Daily Activities (NDA) and Emotional State (ES), and enables the calculation of a global index (QOL-SP Index). Patients from the sepsis group were compared with those from the control group concerning background variables (age, sex, gender, previous health state), ICU variables (reason for admission, APACHE II score and length of ICU stay) and QOL-SP variables. Patients younger than 18 years old and those with an ICU stay ≤ 1 day were excluded. Patients exhibiting nonsevere sepsis at or after ICU admission, and those with severe sepsis/septic shock after ICU admission were also excluded.
BPA (%) problems
NDA (%) problems
ES (%) problems
At 6 months after ICU discharge, when evaluated with a specific critical care questionnaire, survivors of severe sepsis/septic shock exhibited a similar, if not a better, HR-QOL than ICU survivors without sepsis.