Medication use in a large international sample of people with multiple sclerosis: associations with quality of life, relapse rate and disability
George A Jelinek, Tracey J Weiland, Emily J Hadgkiss, Claudia H Marck, Naresh Pereira, Dania M van der Meer
NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations between medication use and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), relapse rate and disability in an international cohort of people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). METHODS: Using Web 2.0 platforms, the authors recruited PwMS who completed survey items on demographics, medication use, HRQOL, relapse rate and disability. RESULTS: Of 2276 respondents from 56 countries, approximately half were taking a disease-modifying drug (DMD), most commonly glatiramer acetate or an interferon. Use of DMDs was not consistently associated with HRQOL. Individually, glatiramer acetate was associated with better HRQOL when compared with other DMDs or no DMD use. Overall, DMD u..View full abstract
The authors are grateful for the philanthropic support of the Bloom Foundation, the Horne Family Charitable Trust, and fundraising donations from Elizabeth Schefferle.