A comparison of mood and quality of life among people with progressive neurological illnesses and their caregivers

McCabe, Marita P., Firth, Lucy and O'Connor, Elodie 2009, A comparison of mood and quality of life among people with progressive neurological illnesses and their caregivers, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 355-362.

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Title A comparison of mood and quality of life among people with progressive neurological illnesses and their caregivers
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Firth, Lucy
O'Connor, Elodie
Journal name Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 355
End page 362
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1573-3572
1068-9583
Keyword(s) caregivers
Huntington's disease
mood
motor neurone disease
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson's
patients
quality of life
Summary The current study was designed to investigate differences in mood and a range of QOL domains among 423 patients and 335 caregivers of people with motor neurone disease (MND), Huntington’s disease (HD), Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients and caregivers completed an anonymous questionnaire that evaluated their mood (anxiety, depression, fatigue, confusion) and QOL (physical, psychological, social, environment). The results demonstrated that caregivers of people with MND and HD experienced most problems with their mood and QOL compared to caregivers of people in the other illness groups. There were few differences in mood or QOL between patients and caregivers. Patients generally showed greater confusion, physical impairment, and psychological maladjustment. The findings suggest that educational and intervention programs need to be developed to help both patients and their caregivers to adjust and cope with these illnesses, particularly caregivers of people with MND and HD.
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
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020646

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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