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Health-related quality of life and its promotion among multiple sclerosis patients in Finland

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Heiskanen S, Vickrey B, Pietilä A-M. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 187–194

Health-related quality of life and its promotion among multiple sclerosis patients in Finland

The aim of this study was to measure the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Finnish multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and importance and adequacy of existing psychosocial services as reported by MS patients. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire of 100 adults in Finland diagnosed with MS 2–4 years earlier. Response rate was 81%. The data were analysed using statistical analyses. Results show the need for psychosocial support related significant reduction in HRQOL at an early stage of MS. In addition, results indicated considerable gaps between MS patients' perceptions of the importance and perceived adequacy of support.

Keywords: MS patient; health-care professionals; health-related quality of life; psychosocial support

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01804.x

Affiliations: 1: Professor, Department of Neurology, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA 2: Professor, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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