Abstract Title:

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

Abstract Source:

Aging Clin Exp Res. 2020 Jun 20. Epub 2020 Jun 20. PMID: 32564305

Abstract Author(s):

P L Bernard, G Ninot, N Raffort, B Aliaga, L Gamon, M Faucanie, M C Picot, O Maurelli, S Pla, L Soriteau, J Bousquet, H Blain

Article Affiliation:

P L Bernard


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.

Study Type : Human Study
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