Sara Balestracci

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy results in a broad spectrum of physical and psychosocial consequences, both to patient and caregivers. This study was aimed to explore health-related quality of life and its possible determinants in Duchenne muscular dystrophy children and in their parents. Caregivers (21 mothers and 6 fathers; mean age, 40.04 years) of 27(More)
  • F Braido, I Baiardini, +5 authors G Walter Canonica
  • Journal of investigational allergology & clinical…
  • 2006
Even though chronic cough (CC) is a bothersome symptom, only a small number of studies have evaluated its specific burden on health-related quality of life (HRQL). The aim of the present study was to assess how the presence of CC interferes with HRQL. A total of 95 outpatients were enrolled during medical consultation at our "Chronic Cough Center". A health(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of asthma therapy is to achieve an optimal level of disease control, but the relationship between asthma control, impact of comorbid rhinitis and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in real life remains unexplored. OBJECTIVE The aims of this real life study were to evaluate asthma control, the impact of asthma (with and without(More)
BACKGROUND The present study aimed to develop a short validated patient-completed questionnaire, the RhinAsthma Patient Perspective (RAPP), to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with asthma and comorbid allergic rhinitis in clinical practice. METHODS A provisional RAPP questionnaire was formed from candidate items identified(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of asthma therapy is to achieve and maintain disease control. Clinicians' behavior is crucial in terms of prescribing the best possible treatment, carrying out appropriate follow-up, and ensuring adherence to treatment. Although clinical trials have demonstrated that asthma control is an achievable goal, real-life data show that this(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the presence of disability in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and its relationships with disease severity, comorbidities, and patient-reported outcomes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHOD COPD outpatients completed validated questionnaires designed to investigate illness perception, well-being, quality of life, and(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life is an umbrella concept that refers to all aspects of a person's life, including health status and well-being. While health status measure focuses on the impact of the disease on physical functioning, well-being represents the self-representation of the emotional states related to the disease itself. OBJECTIVES The objective of(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of asthma therapy is to achieve optimal disease control and quality-of-life (QoL) improvements. Good correlation is reported between a composite evaluation of asthma control (the Asthma Control Test [ACT]) and QoL, with emphasis on asthma as a frequent cause of chronic cough and worsening of QoL due to chronic cough. OBJECTIVES To(More)
It has been demonstrated that Leukotriene modifiers reduce rhinitis symptoms, but montelukast preventive effect on inflammatory cells pattern in intranasal challenge studies has not been already assessed. This pilot study has been designed to explore the montelukast effects in preventing early/late inflammatory cells response to specific allergen challenge(More)
We describe a 23-year-old patient who presented acutely with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HL) and Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (MRS). MRS and HL are two unusual and complex clinical patterns that may present acutely and to our knowledge, an association between them has never been reported. The clinical investigations in this patient led to(More)