BACKGROUND:Sexual dysfunction is a prevalent symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) that may affect patients’ health-related quality of life (HrQoL).
OBJECTIVE:The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of sexual dysfunction on HrQoL in a large national sample using The Multiple Sclerosis Intimacy and Sexuality Questionnaire
METHODS:Participants were recruited from a large MS registry, the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Registry.
RESULTS & CONCLUSION:The study population included 6183 persons (mean age: 50.6, SD = 9.6; 74.7% female, 42.3% currently employed). In patients with MS, sexual dysfunction has a much larger detrimental impact on the mental health aspects of HrQoL than severity of physical disability.
Last time we had a post on this subject I was accused of being insensitive, so I will not say anything except to say the results may be as predicted.
Schairer LC, Foley FW, Zemon V, Tyry T, Campagnolo D, Marrie RA, Gromisch ES, Schairer D.The impact of sexual dysfunction on health-related quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis.Mult Scler. 2013 Sep. [Epub ahead of print]