Quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis and caregivers. Predictive factors: An observational study

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Abstract

Purpose: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative and autoimmune disease, which can significantly affect not only the quality of life (QoL) of affected people but also that of their careers who care for them. The main objective of this study was to assess the extent to which the patient's clinical, cognitive and psychological conditions affect his or her QoL and that of the caregiver. Methods: We examined a number of patients with clinically defined MS. In this study 78 patient-assistant pairs were enrolled. Results: Our results showed a significant correlation between the change in the patient's state of health and the quality of life of caregivers, especially in specific social and work areas. In addition, the age and the physical and mental health of patients emerged as predictive factors on the quality of caregivers. Conclusions: This study has shown that degenerative and chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, can be predictors of stress and poor quality of life for careers. Future studies should further clarify the impact that the psychological conditions of MS patients have on the quality of life of careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume78
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Caregiver
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Predictive factors
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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