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Cerebellar ataxia and intrathecal baclofen therapy: Focus on patients´ experiences

Gullvi Flensner, Anne-Marie Landtblom, Shala Ghaderi Berntsson

by Shala Ghaderi Berntsson, Anne-Marie Landtblom, Gullvi Flensner

Elucidating patients´ experiences of living with chronic progressive hereditary ataxia and the symptomatic treatment with intrathecal baclofen (ITB) is the objective of the current study. A multicenter qualitative study with four patients included due to the rare combination of hereditary ataxia and ITB therapy was designed to elucidate participants’ experiences through semi-structured interviews. The transcribed text was analyzed according to content analysis guidelines. Overall we identified living in the present/ taking one day at a time as the main theme covering the following categories: 1) Uncertainty about the future as a consequence of living with a hereditary disease; The disease; 2) Impact on life as a whole, 3) Influence on personal life in terms of feeling forced to terminate employment, 4) Limiting daily activities, and 5) ITB therapy, advantages, and disadvantages. Uncertainty about the future was the category that affected participants’ personal life, employment, and daily activities. The participants’ experience of receiving ITB therapy was expressed in terms of improved quality of life due to better body position and movement as well as better sleep and pain relief.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180054

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