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The use of focus groups to characterize symptoms in persons with multiple sclerosis.
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PMID:  23124125     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disease with a myriad of symptoms. Because most work has been quantitative, it is important to capture symptoms as described by patients who experience them, using a qualitative approach. The purpose of our study was to describe and identify symptoms, with emphasis on co-occurrence, using focus groups. Three focus groups were conducted (N = 16) with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients. Common symptoms, described as both singular and co-occurring, were problems with balance, cognition, vision, and heat intolerance. These findings augment past characterizations of symptoms experienced in persons with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and provide evidence for future studies.
Pamela K Newland; Florian P Thomas; Marguerite Riley; Louise H Flick; Arleen Fearing
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1945-2810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosci Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-05     Completed Date:  2013-04-23     Revised Date:  2013-12-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603596     Medline TA:  J Neurosci Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Cognition Disorders* / etiology,  nursing,  physiopathology
Disability Evaluation
Disease Progression
Fatigue* / etiology,  nursing,  physiopathology
Fever* / etiology,  nursing,  physiopathology
Focus Groups / methods*
Middle Aged
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting* / complications,  nursing,  physiopathology
Young Adult
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