Existential well-being and spirituality of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is related to psychological well-being of their caregivers

Francesco Pagnini, Christian Lunetta, Gabriella Rossi, Paolo Banfi, Ksenija Gorni, Nadia Cellotto, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Enrico Molinari, Massimo Corbo

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Abstract

Existential well-being (EWB) and spirituality issues are important factors in determining quality of life (QoL) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. No conclusive data among the relation between patient's EWB, their spirituality and caregivers QoL are available. In the mainframe of a longitudinal study, we performed a cross-sectional analysis aimed to investigate EWB and spirituality issues in sporadic ALS (SALS) patients and the relations with caregivers psychological features. Thirty-seven SALS patients, together with their caregivers, consecutively recruited at NEuroMuscular Omnicentre, in Milan, were included in this study. EWB and spirituality questions were administrated to patients and caregivers. Caregivers also completed questionnaires about quality of life (MQoL-SI), care burden (ZBI), depression (BDI) and anxiety (STAI). Both EWBs and questions about spirituality of SALS patients showed a positive correlation with MQoL-SI and EWBs in their caregivers. Conversely, SALS patients EWB and spirituality were negatively correlated with caregivers STAI, BDI and ZBI scores. In conclusion, existential well-being, as well as spirituality issues, perceived by SALS patients seems to be directly related with quality of life, severity of mood disturbance and burden experienced by their caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • caregiver
  • existential well-being
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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