Norton, C. and Chelvanayagam, S., 2010. Bowel problems and coping strategies in people with multiple sclerosis. British Journal of Nursing, 19 (4), 220 - 226 .
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological disease, estimated to affect 100,000 people in the UK. Bowel symptoms are reported to be common in MS, with constipation affecting 29-43% and faecal incontinence affecting just over 50%. Both have an impact on quality of life. Very little is known about how people with MS manage their bowels and the effectiveness of different interventions. We conducted a 2-part survey of people with MS and bowel problems. MS Society members were invited to participate in an online survey: 155 replied. 47 people additionally filled in a more detailed postal questionnaire. In this self-selected sample, 34% spend more than 30 minutes a day managing their bowel. Managing bowel function was rated as having an impact equal to mobility difficulties on quality of life. Respondents used a wide range of strategies to manage their bowel but few were rated as very helpful. There is a need for high quality research on all aspects of managing bowel dysfunction in MS in order to improve patients' quality of life.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Activities of Daily Living ; Adaptation, Psychological ; Adult ; Aged ; Attitude to Health ; Constipation ; Cost of Illness ; Fecal Incontinence ; Female ; Great Britain ; Health Surveys ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Multiple Sclerosis ; Nursing Assessment ; Nursing Methodology Research ; Quality of Life ; Questionnaires ; Self Care ; Time Factors|
|Group:||Faculty of Health & Social Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic|
|Deposited On:||30 Apr 2014 15:46|
|Last Modified:||30 Apr 2014 15:46|
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