Prevention of Disability: Proposal for a Guidance Manual for Leprosy Patients

2014-07-23 21:11:54 | BioPortfolio


Leprosy is an infectious disease of slow evolution, manifested primarily by signs and symptoms dermatoneurological with skin lesions and peripheral nerve, especially in the eyes, hands and feet. The prevention of disability is essential for the control of complications. Objective: To evaluate the physical and functional status of hands, feet and eyes, for the appearance and evolution of sensory and motor deficiencies and classification of disability (WHO) of a group of leprosy patients to compare and monitor the result treatment on the progression of neuropathy and recurrence of reactions. Methodology: We performed initial physical therapy evaluation and final, after 12 months. We conducted a clinical trial of a series of 26 cases evaluated with newly diagnosed leprosy, treated by standard medication. There were used methods of qualitative and quantitative. An illustrated manual of guidelines was especially developed for this study.


assessment methods of qualitative and quantitative: inspection of eyes, hands and foot, manual motor function, grip and pinch dynamometry,threshold test, SF 36 quality of life questionnaire.

Intervention: illustrated guidelines, exercises, orthoses, orientation Goals: disability prevention

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention




exercise and orientation


School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo
Ribeirao Preto




University of Sao Paulo

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