Op-081 Functional Health Status Of Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease: Results Of One Year Observation

Author(s): 
Andrej Kravos
Medical Faculty Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Aim: Functional health status is a useful outcome measure of a GP's care. We assessed mortality, morbidity and functional health status of patients with peripheral arterial disease and controls in Slovenia over a one year period. Methods: We conducted a national cross-sectional study to measure functional health status of people with peripheral arterial disease compared with controls matched for sex and age, using the COOP/WONCA charts. Diagnostic criterion of peripheral arterial disease was ankle brachial index lower than 0.9. After one year we assessed again functional health status, mortality and morbidity of both groups.
Results: In total, 821 · people with peripheral arterial disease, and 777 controls participated at the beginning of the study and 652 patients and 636 controls after a one year period. People with peripheral arterial disease had worse functional health status when compared with controls for physical fitness, feelings, daily activities, social activities and overall health. The difference was also significant, after a one year period. Functional health status was lower after one year. Patients with peripheral arterial disease (but not controls) who died in the one year period, had had lower functional health status. Also patients with non-fatal myocardial infarction, stroke and revascularisation intervention which was carried out in coronary, carotid, peripheral arteries or aorta had worse functional health status.
Conclusion: This study found a significantly .worse functional health status in the group with peripheral arterial disease compared to the control group.
Literature: 
OP-081
FUNCTIONAL HEALTH STATUS OF PATIENTS WITH PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE: RESULTS OF ONE YEAR OBSERVATION