Quality of life in patients with orthostatic tremor

J Neurol. 2003 Feb;250(2):212-5. doi: 10.1007/s00415-003-0980-9.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depression / psychology
  • Dizziness / physiopathology
  • Dizziness / psychology*
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tremor / physiopathology
  • Tremor / psychology*