Health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction

Marianna Vitkova*, Jaroslav Rosenberger, Martina Krokavcova, Jarmila Szilasiova, Zuzana Gdovinova, Johan W. Groothoff, Jitse P. van Dijk

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Purpose: Bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction are often overlooked symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and can be associated with lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim is to explore the association of bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction with HRQoL in MS patients stratified by disease duration ( 5 years) and controlled for clinical and sociodemographic variables. Methods: The study comprised 223 MS patients (mean age 38.9 +/- 10.8 years, 67% female, mean EDSS 3.0 +/- 1.5) who filled out the Short-Form-36 Health Survey, the Bladder Control Scale, the Bowel Control Scale and the Incapacity Status Scale. The relationships between the variables were analyzed with multiple linear regression using the SF36's Physical Component Summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS) as dependent variables. Results: More severe bladder dysfunction was associated with lower PCS in both disease duration groups (beta= -0.35, p

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)987-992
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftDisability and Rehabilitation
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusPublished - 2014

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