The aim of this studies was to asses health-related quality of life in miners who survived methane explosure and had lung injury and corelate data from questionnaires SF 36 with results of pulmonary function tests.
Two groups were analyzed:Group A:17 miners with lung burn injury after methane explosure, Group B consisted of 15 workers of similar age and number of work yrs.Methods were used to obtain necessary data:SF- 36 survey(Short form-36 to assess quality of life and Master Lab Jaeger for spirometry parameters(FVC,FEV1,PEFR,MEF50,FEV1%FVC).
Analysis demonstrated lack of statistic differences between all parameters of spirometry tests for patients and controls (group A and B) presented in predicted values: FVC ((97% vs 100%), FEV1 (94% vs 97%), FEV1 %FVC (99% vs 100%), PEFR (82% vs 92%), MEF50 (95% vs 99%). All results were within ECCS norms.There were statistical differences between all SF 36 data for patients and controls: Physical Function (52vs91), Role Physical (14vs87), Body Pain (32vs78) General Health (29vs69), Vitlity (34vs74), Social Function (51vs 80), Role Emotional (9.8vs91) Menthal Health (36vs79).
As a result of performed analysis we have not found any relation between lung function tests and results of quality of life questionnaire(SF-36)Miners after burn and lung injury have significantly lower health related quality of life than miners without burn injury.
Burn injury affects quality of life for all parameters and results in decreased quality of mental and physical health what can indicates on the existence of post traumatic stress disorder.
Andrzej Krzywiecki, None.