Schairer LC, Foley FW, Zemon V, Tyry T, Campagnolo D, Marrie RA, Gromisch ES, Schairer D.The impact of sexual dysfunction on health-related quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis.Mult Scler. 2013 Sep. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND:Sexual dysfunction is a prevalent symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) that may affect patients' health-related quality of life (HrQoL).
OBJECTIVE:The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of sexual dysfunction on HrQoL in a large national sample using The Multiple Sclerosis Intimacy and Sexuality Questionnaire
METHODS:Participants were recruited from a large MS registry, the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Registry.
RESULTS & CONCLUSION:The study population included 6183 persons (mean age: 50.6, SD = 9.6; 74.7% female, 42.3% currently employed). In patients with MS, sexual dysfunction has a much larger detrimental impact on the mental health aspects of HrQoL than severity of physical disability.
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