The impact of pain on the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis: A community survey

Douglas, Clint, Wollin, Judy, & Windsor, Carol (2009) The impact of pain on the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis: A community survey. International Journal of MS Care, 11(3), pp. 127-136.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of pain on functioning across multiple quality of life (QOL) domains among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). A total of 219 people were recruited from a regional MS society membership database to serve as the community-based study sample. All participants completed a questionnaire containing items about their demographic and clinical characteristics, validated measures of QOL and MS-related disability, and a question on whether or not they had experienced clinically significant pain in the preceding 2 weeks. Respondents who reported pain then completed an in-person structured pain interview assessing pain characteristics (intensity, quality, location, extent, and duration). Comparisons between participants with and without MS-related pain demonstrated that pain prevalence and intensity were strongly correlated with QOL: physical health, psychological health, level of independence, and global QOL were more likely to be impaired among people with MS when pain was present, and the extent of impairment was associated with the intensity of pain. Moreover, these relationships remained significant even after statistically controlling for multiple demographic and clinical covariates associated with self-reported QOL. These findings suggest that for people with MS, pain is an important source of distress and disability beyond that caused by neurologic impairments.

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ID Code: 27787
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, Pain, Quality of life, Impact of pain, Disability-related pain
ISSN: 1537-2073
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2009 01:18
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 22:04

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