Severity of chronic Lyme disease compared to other chronic conditions: a quality of life survey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health-related quality of life (HRQoL) indicators are commonly used as a gage to assess the needs and level of burden associated with diseases to help create health care policies. Johnson et al. (2014) compared the quality of life of 357chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) patients to that of patients with debilitating chronic illnesses such as Congestive Heart Failure, Multiple Sclerosis. Their results showed that “compared to the general population and patients with other chronic diseases reviewed here, patients with CLD reported significantly lower health quality status, more bad mental and physical health days, a significant symptom disease burden, and greater activity limitations”. The study also showed that the CLD population reported more inability to work, more doctor and hospital visits and more out of pocket medical costs. Johnson et al. concluded that CLD patients have significantly impaired HRQoL and heavy burden of illness.
Johnson L, Wilcox S, Mankoff J, Stricker RB. (2014) Severity of chronic Lyme disease compared to other chronic conditions: a quality of life survey. PeerJ 2:e322 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.322
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Bartonella and intraocular inflammation: a series of cases and review of literature
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