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What Are the Support Needs of Men With Multiple Sclerosis, and Are They Being Met?

Upton, Dominic and Taylor, Charlotte (2014) What Are the Support Needs of Men With Multiple Sclerosis, and Are They Being Met? International Journal of MS Care. ISSN 1537-2073

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Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative condition of the central nervous system that can lead to high levels of disability and a range of psychological and social problems. Although considerable research exists on the experience of living with MS and the disease's psychosocial consequences, much of this has focused on women and has seldom considered the male perspective. It is possible, therefore, that men may differ from women in how they experience MS and the type of support or interventions that meet their needs.

Methods: A literature review was undertaken to identify the specific support needs of men with MS, describe current support available to men with MS, and evaluate the extent to which these needs are met by current service provision.

Results: The literature reviewed suggests that the needs of men with MS are different from those of women in terms of psychological factors such as well-being and mental health and support.

Conclusions: If interventions are to be evidence based, then health-care professionals need to take into account the needs, desires, and capabilities of men with MS to inform service development. Further research is required to explore this, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to address the gaps in the evidence base of support needs for men with MS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis, social support, well-being
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Copyright Info: Open Access Journal
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 13:03
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:04

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