Functional health status of patients with chronic inflammatory neuropathies.
The functioning of 12 patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and 18 patients with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) was evaluated to obtain health profiles and appropriate clinimetric instruments. Assessment was made in a cross-sectional study by means of a performance-based body function test (hand-held dynamometry), two performance-based activity tests (10-m walk test and Berg balance scale), a self-reported activity test (Canadian Occupational Performance Measure), and a self-reported functioning test (sickness impact profile 68). In both patient groups, CIDP and MMN, specific health profiles were manifest. A clear relationship between body function, activities, and functioning was not found. Therefore, to assess a patient with inflammatory neuropathy, it is recommended to assess body function as well as activities and functioning and to select appropriate clinimetric instruments specific for each type of neuropathy.
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