PURPOSE: This study examined satisfaction with communicative participation as reported by adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHOD: Eight community-dwelling adults with MS participated in semi-structured interviews. They were asked to discuss their satisfaction with their communication in a variety of situations. Interviews were analyzed using a constant comparative method of qualitative description. RESULTS: Themes derived… Read More »»
Satisfaction with communicative participation as defined by adults with multiple sclerosis: a qualitative study.
Smoking among veterans with multiple sclerosis: prevalence correlates, quit attempts, and unmet need for services.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and correlates of smoking as well as quit attempts and unmet need for smoking cessation services in a national sample of veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study linking computerized medical record information to mailed survey data from 1999. SETTING: Veterans Health Administration (VHA). PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-four percent (2994/4685)… Read More »»
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D3 may have therapeutic potential in several diseases, including multiple sclerosis. High doses of vitamin D(3) may be required for therapeutic efficacy, and yet tolerability–in the present context, defined as the serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] that does not cause hypercalcemia–remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to characterize… Read More »»
“Healthy Living with MS” National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Format On-line articles According to the webpage of the National MS Society, “wellness is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability.” For people with MS, wellness involves… Read More »»
PURPOSE: Adults with physical disabilities tend to smoke at higher rates than smokers in the general population. No study to date, however, has assessed smoking prevalence and cessation among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Such information is critically needed because smoking is more deleterious for individuals with MS than for smokers without MS and increases… Read More »»
A comparison of written materials vs. materials and counseling for women with sexual dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.
AIM: Evaluate whether symptoms of vaginal dryness, low libido, less intense or delayed orgasm could be improved in women with multiple sclerosis who took part in an education or education plus counselling programme. BACKGROUND: Sexual dysfunction, a prevalent symptom in women with multiple sclerosis, can negatively affect quality-of-life. METHODS: Women attending a large multiple sclerosis… Read More »»
Janet Hutchinson explores the concept of body image and sexuality in relation to a female client with bladder dysfunction and multiple sclerosis. She also discusses the psychological and social problems that may arise from these problems.
OBJECTIVE: Sexual dysfunction (SD) severely affects the quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study is to investigate the type and frequency of sexual complaints in MS patients, to analyse their relationship to various clinical and psychosocial variables and to clarify the differences between MS patients with and without… Read More »»
“Intimacy and Multiple Sclerosis” The Cleveland Clinic Department of Patient Education and Health Information Format Web Article This article discusses various issues regarding intimacy and multiple sclerosis, including primary, secondary, and tertiary sexual effects, as well as the importance of communication with one’s partner and health care professional. Contact URL http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3200/3292.asp?index=11276 … Read More »»
The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for women with multiple sclerosis (MS). Thirty-seven adult women with MS participated in a group-based intervention program titled “Beyond MS,” which was led by master’s-prepared psychiatric nurses. For participants, the program involved reading a manual and meeting for five weekly… Read More »»