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We assessed health-related quality of life (QoL) and depression, using the SF-36 and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), in 20 orthostatic tremor (OT) patients. All dimensions of the SF-36 were markedly reduced in OT and depression was found in 11 patients. The BDI score correlated significantly with several SF-36 subscores. We conclude that OT strongly impacts on QoL. The results highlight the importance of recognizing and treating depression in patients with OT.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00415-003-0980-9

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurol

Publication Date

02/2003

Volume

250

Pages

212 - 215

Keywords

Aged, Depression, Dizziness, Electromyography, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Quality of Life, Socioeconomic Factors, Surveys and Questionnaires, Tremor