The impact of the financial costs of multiple sclerosis on quality of life

DeJudicibus, Margaret A. and McCabe, Marita 2007, The impact of the financial costs of multiple sclerosis on quality of life, International journal of behavioral medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 3-11.

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Title The impact of the financial costs of multiple sclerosis on quality of life
Author(s) DeJudicibus, Margaret A.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name International journal of behavioral medicine
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2007-05
ISSN 1070-5503
Keyword(s) multiple sclerosis
quality of life
family relationships
Summary This study examined the financial costs of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the impact of financial strain on the subjective quality of life of people with MS and their families. Due to the lack of research in this area, a qualitative research design was employed. Interviews were conducted with 16 health professionals, 26 people with MS, and 11 family members of people who had MS. Adjusting to actual or threatened loss of income caused financial stress. These financial struggles led to a lower quality of life among respondents. Problem solving, coping, and positive reappraisal helped people to adjust to financial changes. Professionals focused on increased funding for services, whereas people with MS focused on improved income support. These findings highlight the need for professionals to consider the financial strain associated with this disease and the impact of this strain on the quality of life of individuals with MS and their families.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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