A longitudinal study of economic pressure among people living with a progressive neurological illness

McCabe, Marita P. and O'Connor, Elodie J 2009, A longitudinal study of economic pressure among people living with a progressive neurological illness, Chronic illness, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 177-183.

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Title A longitudinal study of economic pressure among people living with a progressive neurological illness
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
O'Connor, Elodie J
Journal name Chronic illness
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 177
End page 183
Total pages 7
Publisher Sage Science Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1742-3953
1745-9206
Keyword(s) progressive neurological illness
economic pressure
quality of life
Summary Objectives: Previous research has examined costs associated with progressive neurological illnesses, but has not examined predictors of economic pressure, or quality of life (QOL). The aim of the current study was to examine the predictors of both economic pressure and QOL among people with a range of progressive neurological illness.

Method: Participants were 257 people with motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Results: High levels of cut backs in spending predicted economic pressure for all groups. Economic pressure predicted QOL at 12-month follow-up for all groups except Parkinson’s. For Parkinson’s, predictors of QOL were long duration of illness, illness-related expenses and cut backs in spending. Cut backs in spending, and not income or expenses, were the most important predictor of economic pressure. QOL was predicted by high levels of economic pressure for most of the illness groups.

Discussion: The implications of these findings are discussed. They suggest that cut backs in spending, as opposed to income and expenses, are important factors to focus on assisting people to adjust to the changes to their financial situation that frequently occurs after developing one of these progressive neurological illnesses.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019485

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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