Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
MORALES, Rogério de Rizo et al. Health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.65, n.2b, pp. 454-460. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2007000300018.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease which may exert significant effects on the life of patients. Traditional outcome measures in MS lack in consider the effects of the disease on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The goal of this study is to measure HRQoL in MS patients in the city of Uberlândia, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Brazilian version of the SF-36 was applied in 23 MS patients and in 69 subjects of general population (blood donors) in Uberlândia. MS patients scored lower in all SF-36 scales than do the general population, principally in physical function domains. Patients with EDSS scores <3.5 had higher mean scores in four domains than do the patients with EDSS scores >4.0, and lower in all domains than control group. Depressive symptoms and heat intolerance showed correlation with SF-36 domains and components. In conclusion, MS patients have a significant negative impact on all HRQoL domains measured by SF-36, compared with general population, even in the stages with lower disability.
Keywords : multiple sclerosis; quality of life; health evaluation.