Self-assessed health status changes in a community cohort of people with multiple sclerosis: 11years of follow-up

A. Giordano, G. Ferrari, D. Radice, G. Randi, L. Bisanti, A. Solari

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Background and purpose: Few data are available on the health status of people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) in the community. We assessed changes in self-perceived health status and health related quality of life of a community-based cohort of PwMS over a decade, and identified predictors of such changes. Methods: In 1999 we started the POSMOS study (Postal Survey of Self-Assessed Health of MS Adults and their Significant Others) on a random sample of 251 adults with MS from the Milan area (mean age 42years, range 18-71years), and prospectively assessed changes in self-perceived health status over 11years. Participants completed the Multiple Sclerosis Quality-of-Life-54 (MSQOL-54) and a general/clinical questionnaire. We re-assessed the cohort in 2004 and 2010, sending the same questionnaires plus the Chicago Multiscale Depression Inventory. Results: There were 205 (86%) respondents in 2004, 171 (74%) in 2010; 28 (11%) died during the study. Severely impaired [self-determined Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)>6.5] increased from 19% to 32%. One-fifth remained fully ambulatory (EDSS

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-688
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013



  • Depression
  • Longitudinal study
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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