The economic impact of progressive neurological illness on quality of life in Australia

McCabe, Marita P. and O'Connor, Elodie J. 2010, The economic impact of progressive neurological illness on quality of life in Australia, Journal of family and economic issues, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 82-89.

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Title The economic impact of progressive neurological illness on quality of life in Australia
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
O'Connor, Elodie J.
Journal name Journal of family and economic issues
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 82
End page 89
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1058-0476
1573-3475
Summary The current study examined the impact of financial costs and self-reported economic pressure on the quality of life of patients with progressive neurological illness. Participants were 423 people from four illness groups in Australia. Participants completed measures of: 1. quality of life, 2. income, 3. expenses, 4. economic pressure, 5. social support, 6. relationship satisfaction, and 7. severity of illness. There was a strong negative association between quality of life and economic pressure (but not income or expenses) for all groups. Subjective assessment of economic pressure was strongly associated with quality of life for people with motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. Implications of these results for assisting people with progressive neurological illnesses to cope with the financial changes that occur due to their illness are discussed.
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
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031236

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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