02 September, 2013

Journal of Hand Surgery Article Publication

"The Impact of Dupuytren Disease on Patient Activity and Quality of Life" has been accepted and published by the Journal of Hand Surgery. The authors are J. Wilburn, S.P. McKenna, D. Perry-Hinsley, and A. Bayat. The article describes the quality of life impact of Dupuytren disease from the patients’ perspective.

This is the article abstract, which was published on the Journal of Hand Surgery's official web page: 

Purpose

To explore the impact of Dupuytren disease (DD) from the patients' perspective.

Methods

Audio-recorded interviews were conducted for patients with Dupuytren disease (DD) attending outpatient clinics. The interviews were transcribed and subjected to content analysis. This analysis highlighted key impact areas and common themes in individuals' personal experiences. These were then allocated to categories specified by the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (impairments and activity limitations) and the needs-based model of quality of life (QoL).

Results

Qualitative unstructured interviews were conducted with 34 patients (74% men; age, 41–80 y; mean [SD], 64 [13] y). The sample had a wide range of severity and duration of DD (range, 0.5–40; mean [SD], 13 [10] y). Nine hundred fifty-three statements relating to the impact of DD were identified from the interview transcripts. These statements fell into 2 major categories of impact: activity limitations (10 themes including problems with dressing, gripping, and personal care) and QoL (6 need categories: physiological, safety and security, social, affection, esteem, and cognitive needs).

Conclusions

Findings from the interviews suggest that DD affects both performance of activities and QoL. To determine accurately the effectiveness of DD interventions from the patients' perspective, it is important to determine their impacts on both activity limitations and QoL. We intend to develop valid, reproducible, and responsive DD-specific scales for this purpose.

Clinical relevance

The study identifies key issues specific to DD that influence patients' functioning and QoL. The information reported will form the basis of DD-specific patient-reported outcomes measures for use in clinical practice and evaluations of interventions.

For more information on this piece of work, visit the Journal of Hand Surgery's official page.