Health-related quality of life among informal caregivers assisting people with multiple sclerosis

Disabil Rehabil. 2011;33(2):113-21. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2010.486467. Epub 2010 May 7.

Abstract

Objective: To identify factors affecting the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of informal caregivers assisting people with (multiple sclerosis) MS who have greater functional impairment.

Methods: Data were collected in a national survey of 530 people who provided informal care to people with MS. Multiple linear regression models analyzed these data.

Results: Poorer overall health for the person with MS, stronger agreement by caregivers that care giving was burdensome or emotionally draining, and the caregiver's need for mental health counseling in the past 12 months were associated with lower mental dimensions of HRQOL for the informal caregiver. Greater caregiver satisfaction with the access the person with MS had to MS-focused care was associated with higher mental dimensions of HRQOL among caregivers.

Conclusions: Increasing access to MS-focused care could improve not only the health of people with MS, but also improve the mental dimensions of caregiver HRQOL. Our findings highlight the importance of addressing the mental health needs of informal caregivers assisting people with MS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical
  • Multiple Sclerosis / nursing*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / physiopathology
  • Quality of Life*
  • Regression Analysis