Domestic accidents and multiple sclerosis: An exploratory study of occurrence and possible causes

Ornella Argento, Chiara Concetta Incerti, Valerio Pisani, Giuseppe Magistrale, Giancarlo Di Battista, Silvia Romano, Elisabetta Ferraro, Carlo Caltagirone, Ugo Nocentini

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Purpose: Domestic accidents are widespread, but no data are available on their occurrence in pathological populations such as patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Aim was to investigate domestic habits and occurrence of different types of domestic accidents and near falls in a sample of MS patients compared with healthy controls and to determine whether patients' domestic accidents are linked to any disease characteristics. Method: Descriptive survey of 50 patients and 50 healthy controls. Participants were administered an ad-hoc questionnaire to collect data on domestic habits and accidents they had in the past 2 months. Their physical and neuropsychological functioning, mood and fatigue were also assessed. Results: Results showed that patients spend most of their time at home with caregivers. No differences emerged for total number of domestic accident types, but there were differences in bumps and near falls. The latter seem to be linked to patients' walking ability and to bowel/bladder functioning and the former to reasoning ability and fatigue. Conclusions: This study provides the first data on the occurrence of domestic accidents and possible causes in MS patients. It encourages further studies on the topic, with the final goal of designing preventive and rehabilitation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2205-2209
Number of pages5
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Accidents
  • Falls
  • Fatigue
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)


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