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Journal Articles Aging Clinical and Experimental Research Year : 2021

Benefits of a 3-week outpatient balneotherapy programme on patient-reported outcomes

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Background Analysis of the health profile of participants aged over 65 has been initiated in balneotherapy. Aims To determine the benefits of a 3-week outpatient balneotherapy program on patient-reported outcomes. Methods Our sample consisted of 1471 people. The average age of the study population was 72.5 years (+/- 5.1) and 67% of the participants were females. Symptoms intensity was measured by visual analogue scale, and health-related quality of life (HRQL) with the EQ5D questionnaire before and after the program. Changes of perceived functional status were rated using a 3-point Likert scale. Results The results indicated a significant increase in the fear of falling and a decrease in fatigue. EQ5D reveals a significant improvement after the program. The perceived change scores remained stable, except for anxiety/depression. Conclusions The study indicated significant improvements of HRQL and a decrease of perception of fatigue and anxiety in elderly people participants in a 3-week balneological programme.
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hal-03471266 , version 1 (08-12-2021)

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Pierre Louis Bernard, Gregory Ninot, Nathalie Raffort, B. Aliaga, Lucie Gamon, et al.. Benefits of a 3-week outpatient balneotherapy programme on patient-reported outcomes. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2021, 33 (5), pp.1389 - 1392. ⟨10.1007/s40520-020-01634-9⟩. ⟨hal-03471266⟩
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