Serious long-term health consequences of Q-fever and Legionnaires' disease
SourceJournal of Infection, 68, 6, (2014), pp. 527-33
Article / Letter to editor
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Primary and Community Care
Journal of Infection
SubjectRadboudumc 16: Vascular damage RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: We assessed and compared the long-term health status of Q-fever patients and patients with Legionnaires' disease. METHODS: Q-fever patients and patients with Legionnaires' disease fulfilling the Dutch notification criteria filled out a questionnaire at one year after onset of illness. The proportion of patients with an abnormal score was calculated for 12 health status subdomains and mean scores for the most relevant subdomains were compared between the patient groups. RESULTS: We included 309 Q-fever patients and 190 patients with Legionnaires' disease in the study. A large proportion of the two patient groups was negatively affected on many of the subdomains, especially 'Fatigue', 'General Quality of Life' and 'Role Physical'. We assessed health status of the patient groups using a multivariate regression analysis and found no significant difference for 'Fatigue' and 'General Quality of Life'. Only for the subdomain 'Role Physical', Q-fever patients scored significantly worse compared to patients with Legionnaires' disease. CONCLUSIONS: Many Q-fever patients and patients with Legionnaires' disease suffer from a severely affected health status on one or more subdomains at one year after onset of illness. We recommend additional support for a large proportion of both patient groups during the first year after onset of illness.
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