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Quality of life among young patients with ischaemic stroke compared with patients with multiple sclerosis

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Naess H, Beiske AG, Myhr K-M. Quality of life among young patients with ischaemic stroke compared with patients with multiple sclerosis.

Acta Neurol Scand: DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2007.00923.x.

© 2007 The Authors Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objectives – 

We aimed to evaluate the quality of life among young ischaemic stroke (IS) patients at long-term follow-up by comparing them with multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with secondary progressive course. The mean age at stroke onset was 41.6 years. Methods – 

Nottingham Health Profile scores were obtained from 191 IS patients 6 years (mean) after the index stroke, from 337 MS patients 5 years (mean) after the onset of the secondary progressive course and from 216 controls. Results – 

The mean age of IS patients was 47.8 years and MS patients 44.5 years at follow-up. The MS patients as a group had worse subscores than the IS patients. When adjusting for physical mobility, complaints of fatigue (P = 0.012) were more frequent among MS patients, whereas pain (P < 0.001) and sleep (P = 0.007) disturbances were more frequent among IS patients. Conclusion – 

The comparison of IS and MS patients highlights the importance of pain and sleep disturbances among IS patients when adjusting for physical mobility.

Keywords: ischaemic stroke; multiple sclerosis; pain; quality of life; young adults

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 2: Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital, Nordbyhagen, Norway

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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