Patients with organic solvent-induced toxic encephalopathy (TE) (n=13) were followed up seven years after the application of an intervention program.
They were also compared with untreated TE patients diagnosed at the same time (n=26) and with unexposed referents (n=39).
Psychological distress, social function, and coping ability and style were measured with the Symptom Checklist-90, Interview Schedule of Social Interaction, and Sense of Coherence and Strategies to Handle Stress questionnaires.
Both TE groups had unchanged function in neuropsychological tests.
Members of the treated group had improved their social functioning and reduced their mental stress but were not any better than the untreated patients.
Compared with referents, the TE patients continued to live with increased psychological distress and used predominantly emotionally focused strategies to cope with their problems.
This can be a cause for concern in family life and can also make gainful work impossible.
Mots-clés Pascal : Encéphalopathie, Exposition professionnelle, Solvant organique, Toxicité, Homme, Stress, Coping, Interaction sociale, Réseau social, Personnalité, Médecine travail, Surveillance, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Trouble humeur, Détresse psychologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Encephalopathy, Occupational exposure, Organic solvent, Toxicity, Human, Stress, Coping, Social interaction, Social network, Personality, Occupational medicine, Surveillance, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Mood disorder
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Cote : 98-0479718
Code Inist : 002B03L04. Création : 19/02/1999.