Evaluation of the Needs of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

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Ali Dehghani 1 , Sima Mohammadkhan-Kermanshahi 1 , * , Robabeh Memarian 1

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1 Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 14 (9); e93237
Published Online: October 16, 2012
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: March 12, 2011
Accepted: April 23, 2011

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Abstract

Background : Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system that causes many problems in patients. Since training should be done in according to the educational needs, this study is performed to assess the educational needs of MS patients.
Materials and Methods : This is a descriptive cross-sectional study, and its tool was a questionnaire on the educational needs of MS patients. Fifty patients referred to the MS society were selected through simple sampling.
Results : Based on the obtained results, 60% of patients were female, 52% were single, and 16% were high school undergraduates. Seventy-eight percent of the patients needed training about disease nature, 82% about treatment and care, 46% about nutrition, and 32% about physical activity.
Conclusion : The findings showed that patients need more education about treatment and self-care.

Keywords

Training needs (physical mental social) Multiple sclerosis MS Society of Tehran

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