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J Korean Assoc EMG Electrodiagn Med 2018;20(1):22-28.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18214/jkaem.2018.20.1.22    Published online June 30, 2018.
The Effect of Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Patients Undergoing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Preliminary Study
Received: 18 October 2017   • Revised: 24 November 2017   • Accepted: 7 December 2017
Abstract
Objective: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disorder. The objectives of this study are to examine the effect of exercise program on the health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) in patients with ALS Method: We reviewed ALS patients who came to the hospital’s outpatient clinic from May 2014 to June 2015. The ALS patient received the hospital based exercise program, exercising 1 or 2 days/week or education of self-trained exercise program. We assessed the patients with Korean version of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale-Revised (K-ALSFRS-R) for functional capacity and SF-36 for QOL. Results: Ten patients (6 males and 4 females) were evaluated for functional capacity and QOL, and four of them were reassessed. In the 2nd evaluation, Re-evaluated patients’ K-ALSFRS-R score were decreased but three of them were rated as Physical Component Score of SF-36 improved. Conclusion: The results of our study suggest that an exercise program or education may improve HRQOL of patients with ALS.
Key Words: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, quality-of-life, functional capacity, exercise program
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