Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Examination of the quality of life in case of patient with the Multiple Sclerosis]

SZABÓ Julianna

JUNE 30, 2015

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2015;28(03)

[Aim of the research: To assess the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on quality of life and to consider whether there is a significant difference in the understand of the disease and the subjective assessment of quality of life in those subjects living in rural eastern Hungary and those living in Budapest. Research and sampling methods: the following questionnaires were use in the study: - Standard Test Questionnaire (SF-36) Social Support Questionnaire, and the Short Marital Stress Scale (abbreviated). Socio-demographic and disease indices were also utilized. These questionnaires were distributed to patients who have a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The patients attended the Neuro-immunology outpatients departments in the Budapest University’s St.Imre Teaching Hospital Specialist Multiple Sclerosis Centre and Josa Andras Hospital in Nyíregyháza (N=100), between August 2013 and January 2014. Results: It was found that due to the limiting nature of the disease the patients reported a significant effect on their physical condition. They were able to care for themselves in every day activities, but reported a limitation in leisure - time activities. Families play a decisive role in social contact. These results were confirmed by the patients’ observations. Those patients, who have the support of their spouses, report an increase in their health and wellbeing. There was little evidence of animosity towards those without Multiple Sclerosis.Those in Budapest achieved higher values in most dimensions, except social function and vitality, compared with those living in the country. Conclusions: The Researcher observed that relief organisations for the assistance and support of those with Multiple Sclerosis did not seem to meet the needs of the patients. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease affecting all dimensions of Quality of Life. Need to strengthen the positive indicators of Quality of Life in those who are living with the disease and support families caring for those affected and enabling the maintenance of proper social relations and of social usefulness. ]



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