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Quality of Life, Coping and Social Support in Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Pilot Study [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. Ahead of Print: TJN-37074

Quality of Life, Coping and Social Support in Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Pilot Study

Oğuzhan Zengin1, Ercüment Erbay2, Buğra Yıldırım2, Özgür Altındağ3
1Department of Social Work, Çankırı Karatekin University, Çankırı, Turkey
2Department of Social Work, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Social Work, Dicle University, Diyarbakır, Turkey

Objective: The aim of this research is to obtain information concerning the relationship between MS patients’ sociodemographic attributes, social support systems, coping strategies they employ and their quality of life.
Materials and Methods: This study was designed as a cross-sectional study. The research was conducted with 214 patients from MS Society of Turkey.
Results: Sociodemographic variables have an impact on the coping styles of MS patients. When the relationship between coping and quality of life is examined, it is observed that there is a positive correlation between the use of problem-focused coping strategies and quality of life whereas there is a negative correlation between the use of emotion-focused coping strategies and quality of life. Active coping, planning, use of emotional support and use of instrumental support scores of the patients who get social support are higher whereas their denial scores are lower.
Conclusion: According to the findings of our study, sociodemographic attributes of patients and social support mechanisms they use have an impact on their quality of life as well as the way they cope with MS.

Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis, Quality of Life, Coping, Social Support




Corresponding Author: Oğuzhan Zengin, Türkiye


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