Quality of life in multiple sclerosis: effects of current treatment options

Int Rev Psychiatry. 2010;22(1):67-82. doi: 10.3109/09540261003589521.


Multiple sclerosis is the most common non-traumatic neurodegenerative disease in adults. Most of the patients present with both physical and mental deficits which reflect the dissemination of the lesions in the central nervous system, produced by the inflammatory process. The incomplete recovery after relapses, the accumulation of new deficits and the progressive nature of the condition interfere with daily activities of individuals and have a negative impact on their well-being. Indeed, studies show that quality of life measurements are constantly lower in patients with multiple sclerosis. Estimation of health-related quality of life is being increasingly recognized as necessary when analysing the effectiveness of treatment modalities and for the follow up of patients with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Current immunomodulatory interventions that are shown to reduce the frequency of relapses and delay disease progression might also have a positive effect on quality of life measurements. Additive pharmacological agents that target cognitive impairments and common symptoms such as depression, fatigue and pain, along with life-style modifications and rehabilitation programmes are also important for the appropriate management that aims to improve quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Cognition Disorders* / complications
  • Cognition Disorders* / drug therapy
  • Cognition Disorders* / rehabilitation
  • Depression / drug therapy
  • Fatigue / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Factors / therapeutic use
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / complications
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / drug therapy
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / epidemiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / physiopathology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / psychology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / rehabilitation
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Quality of Life*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Immunologic Factors