Journal of Neurology

, Volume 250, Issue 2, pp 212–215 | Cite as

Quality of life in patients with orthostatic tremor

  • W. Gerschlager
  • R. Katzenschlager
  • A. Schrag
  • A. J. Lees
  • P. Brown
  • N. Quinn
  • K. P. Bhatia
ORIGINAL COMMUNICATION

Abstract.

We assessed health-related quality of life (QoL) and depression, using the SF-36 and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), in 20 orthostatic tremor (OT) patients. All dimensions of the SF-36 were markedly reduced in OT and depression was found in 11 patients. The BDI score correlated significantly with several SF-36 subscores. We conclude that OT strongly impacts on QoL. The results highlight the importance of recognizing and treating depression in patients with OT.

Key words orthostatic tremor quality of life depression 

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Gerschlager
    • 1
  • R. Katzenschlager
    • 2
  • A. Schrag
    • 1
  • A. J. Lees
    • 2
  • P. Brown
    • 1
  • N. Quinn
    • 1
  • K. P. Bhatia
    • 1
  1. 1.Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG, UKGB
  2. 2.National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UKGB
  3. 3.Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, Royal Free and University College London Medical School, London, UKGB

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