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Self-reported quality of life in women with multiple sclerosis

Ana Potočnik (2018) Self-reported quality of life in women with multiple sclerosis. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune neurological disease of the central nervous system. Woman are more likely to get the MS than man. People with MS have a variety of symptoms which affect their everyday life. Beside these symptoms there are other factors which also affect the quality of life of the individual. The MS symptoms have been defined by various authors, but there are content-related similarities in their definitions. There are multiple areas which determine the quality of life of an individual. In each of these areas we can assess the quality of life using specific variables.. In this master's thesis we tried to establish possible differences in subjective perception of the quality of life between women who are young adults and have had MS for a shorter period of time and middle-aged women who have had the disease for a longer period of time. There were 60 women with relapsing remitting MS in our research: 30 younger and 30 older women. We created a general assessment of their current status, the symptoms and subjective satisfaction with different areas of life for both groups of women. The data comparison has shown that in most areas, the younger women with MS reached a higher level of satisfaction with life than the middle-aged women with MS. The variables which were an exception were the following: free time activities, success, optimism, self-acceptance and slower progress. The two groups reached significantly different results in the areas of material well-being, self-determination and social inclusion. We discovered that age has also a powerful influence on personal development as well as physical well-being. The areas of material well-being, personal development and self-determination showed statistically important differences in two variables for each area. In the areas of physical well-being, interpersonal relationships and social inclusion there was a statistically important difference in only one variable. There was no statistically important difference in the areas of rights and emotional well-being. The factors that statistically affected the subjective assessment of the quality of life as perceived by women with MS were the EDSS value, the level of education, the duration of disease and employment status. A lower level of EDSS value, a higher education level and a higher employment status proved to work as a protective factor on the quality of life of the women in our research.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: subjective assessment, quality of life, multiple sclerosis, woman with multiple sclerosis
    Number of Pages: 99
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tjaša FilipčičMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Janez JermanComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12011081)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5085
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 12:20
    Last Modified: 30 May 2018 12:20
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5085

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