Formisano R, Longo E, Azicnuda E, Silvestro D, D'Ippolito M, Truelle J, Von Steinbuchel N, Von Wild K, Wilson JTL, Rigon J, Barba C, Forcina A & Giustini M (2017) Quality of life in persons after traumatic brain injury as self-perceived and as perceived by the caregivers. Neurological Sciences, 38 (2), pp. 279-286. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-016-2755-y
The primary aim of the study was to adopt QOLIBRI (quality of life after brain injury) questionnaire in a proxy version (Q-Pro), i.e., to use caregivers for comparison and to evaluate whether TBI patients’ judgment corresponds to that of their caregivers since the possible self-awareness deficit of the persons with TBI. A preliminary sample of 19 outpatients with TBI and their proxies was first evaluated with the Patient Competency Rating Scale to assess patients’ self-awareness; then they were evaluated with the QOLIBRI Patient version (Q-Pt) and a patient-centered version of the Q-Pro. Subsequently, 55 patients and their caregivers were evaluated using the patient-centered and the caregiver-centered Q-Pro versions. Q-Pt for assessing Quality of Life (QoL) after TBI, as patients’ subjective perspective and Q-Pro to assess the QoL of patients as perceived by the caregivers. The majority of patients (62.2%) showed better self-perception of QoL than their proxies; however, patients with low self-awareness were less satisfied than patients with adequate self-awareness. Low self-awareness does not impair the ability of patients with TBI to report on satisfaction with QoL as self-perceived.
Caregiver; Health-related quality of life; Self-awareness; Traumatic brain injury
Neurological Sciences: Volume 38, Issue 2
|Publication date online||08/11/2016|
|Date accepted by journal||27/10/2016|