Journal article

Illness perception and health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis

LA Spain, N Tubridy, TJ Kilpatrick, SJ Adams, ACN Holmes

ACTA NEUROLOGICA SCANDINAVICA | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIMS - A number of physical and psychological factors have been shown to affect health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Among these, the role of illness perceptions has not been established as an independent factor. This study, the first of its kind in an Australian population, aimed to use a large sample to determine the relative importance of individual factors to each domain of HRQoL, in particular the role of illness perception. MATERIALS AND METHODS - 580 patients with confirmed MS were assessed cross sectionally in a designated research clinic to determine the relative impact of physical factors (illness severity, duration, age, fatigue and pain..

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