Contribution of demographic, medical, and social support variables in predicting the mental health dimension of quality of life among people with multiple sclerosis

Chaya Schwartz, Rena Frohner

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the contribution of demographic, medical, and social support variables in predicting the mental health dimension of quality of life (MHD/ QOL) among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Eighty-two participants of employment age recruited from hospital neurology clinics specializing in MS completed a demographic questionnaire, and 69 completed the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Inventory (MSQLI). In addition, a neurologist used the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) to assess the medical status of each participant. The number of young children in the family, MS duration, cognitive impairment, and social support were predictors of MHD/QOL. Employment was not associated with MHD/QOL score. Social support made a significant and unique contribution to the MHD/QOL beyond all the other variables. Implications for social work practice are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Work
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Inventory (MSQLI) (Ritvo et al., 1997).This questionnaire was developed and tested by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Health Services Research Subcommittee and funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.The MSQLI consists of the following:

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Quality of life
  • Social support
  • Social worker

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