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This studyinvestigated predictors of quality of life QOL of people with progressiveneurological illnesses. Participants were 257 people with motor neuronedisease MND, Huntington’sdisease HD, multiple sclerosis MS, or Parkinson’s. Participants completedquestionnaires on two occasions, 12 months apart. There was an increase inseverity of symptoms for people withMND,negative mood for people with HD and Parkinson’s, and social support satisfactionfor people with MS. Regression analyses were conducted to determine predictorsof QOL for each group. Predictor variables were length of illness, symptomsphysical symptoms, control over body, cognitive symptoms and psychologicalsymptoms, mood, relationship satisfaction and social support. Predictors ofQOL were severity of symptoms for people withMND,HD and MS; negative mood for people withMNDand Parkinson’s; and social support satisfaction for people with MS. Theseresults demonstrate the importance of illness severity and mood in predictingQOL, but also indicate differences between illness groups. The limited roleplayed by social support and relationship is a surprising finding from thecurrent study.

KEYWORDS

Quality of Life; Neurological Illness; Mood; Social Support

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McCabe, M. and O’Connor, E. 2013 A longitudinal study of quality of life among people living with a progressive neurological illness. Health, 5, 17-23. doi: 10.4236-health.2013.56A2004.





Autor: Marita P. McCabe, Elodie J. O’Connor

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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