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 »»
Correlates of physical activity levels in a sample of urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Pearte CA, Gary TL, Brancati FL. Ethn Dis. 2004 Spring;14(2):198-205. Comment in: Ethn Dis. 2004 Spring;14(2):185-8. BACKGROUND: Although regular physical activity is recommended for all adults and is vital in the management of diabetes, activity levels among African Americans… Read More »»
Chronic diseases like MS present unique challenges and opportunities for patients and the medical care system. Patients are challenged because they are under tremendous pressure to actively engage themselves in multiple prevention, treatment, and health maintenance behaviors, often before they feel ready. Health care providers are challenged because health-promotion activities require more time, counseling skills,… Read More »»
A preliminary report on a skills-based telephone-administered peer support programme for patients with multiple sclerosis.
OBJECTIVE: Peer-support interventions have shown no statistically significant or clinically meaningful effect on quality of life (QOL) or depressive symptoms for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Peer-support interventions for MS generally provide support but no skills training. The aim of this study was to evaluate a brief telephone-administered skills-training model of peer-support for patients with MS.… Read More »»
Sexuality and partnership have an important influence on the quality of life of every person and also on people with chronic disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The findings in literature show high evidence that people with multiple sclerosis experience high levels of sexual dysfunction, most of them with hypoactive sexual behaviour often associated with dissatisfaction… Read More »»
Treatment patterns of multiple sclerosis patients: a comparison of veterans and non-veterans using the NARCOMS registry.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness of the central nervous system, with a highly variable clinical course. Available therapies are only partially effective and as a consequence treatment patterns between patients can be varied. Longitudinal databases consisting of large cohorts where successive and sequential data is collected may reveal disease and treatment characteristics not… Read More »»
OBJECTIVES: To establish the prevalence of major depressive episode (MDE) in a large sample of veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS); to identify demographic characteristics, aspects of disease presentation, and perceptions of disability associated with greater concurrent risk for MDE; and to examine the relationship between MDE, service utilization, and activity participation. METHODS: Veterans with MS… Read More »»
OBJECTIVE: Genitourinary dysfunction is common in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), yet few studies have evaluated the association between bladder and sexual dysfunction in these women. The aim of this study was to determine factors, including demographic and bladder function, associated with sexual dysfunction in a sample of women with MS. METHODS: One hundred and… Read More »»