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Illness Intrusiveness on Intimacy in Persons with MS

Qual Life Res; 2018 ePub 2018 Oct 17; Neto, et al

Recent findings highlight the intrusiveness of multiple sclerosis (MS) on intimacy and sexual functioning, particularly among men. A total of 922 persons with MS (PwMS) were primarily recruited through the North American Research Committee on MS Registry. The participants completed a 1-time anonymous online survey. Illness intrusiveness was measured using the Illness Intrusiveness Ratings Scale (IIRS) total score and 3 subscales. Independent t-tests determined differences in demographics, disease characteristics, and IIRS outcomes. Hierarchical regressions were then used to further assess whether sex was a significant predictor of illness intrusiveness. Researchers found:

  • Men exhibited greater overall, intimacy, and relationship and personal development-related perceived illness intrusiveness.
  • However, sex was only a significant predictor of the Intimacy IIRS subscale after accounting for age, disability, and depression.
Citation:

Neto LO, Gromlisch ES, Sloan J, Tyry T, Foley FW. Sex differences in predictors of illness intrusiveness in persons with multiple sclerosis. [Published online ahead of print October 17, 2018]. Qual Life Res. doi:10.1007/s11136-018-2023-0.

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