Julián Benito-León

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Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has been more intensively studied in multiple sclerosis (MS) than in any other neurological disorder. Traditional medical models of impairment and disability are an incomplete summary of disease burden. Quality of life can be thought of as the sum of all sources of satisfaction (including anticipated sources) minus all(More)
Although essential tremor (ET) is considered the most prevalent adult movement disorder, the available information on its prevalence and distribution worldwide is not completely understood. We investigated the prevalence and distribution of ET in three elderly Spanish populations using a door-to-door, two-phase approach. A brief screening instrument was(More)
PURPOSE There is increasing recognition that the global wellbeing of patients with chronic neurological disease is an important outcome in research and clinical practice alike. Many studies involving individuals with multiple sclerosis have demonstrated that the overall wellbeing is not a simple manifestation of impairment or disability. The strongest(More)
Essential tremor (ET) is a late-life neurological disease. Mild cognitive deficits as well as an association with prevalent dementia have been reported in recent case-control studies. We determined whether ET was associated with an increased risk of incident dementia. In a population-based study of older people in central Spain (NEDICES), nondemented ET(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormalities in cerebello-thalamo-cortical pathways have been suggested as a basis for essential tremor (ET). Two voxel-based morphometry (VBM) studies, each using a 1.5-T magnet, evaluated ET patients, leading to contradictory results. Using a 3-T magnet, we assessed whether white or gray matter changes occurred in ET patients vs. controls. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess age-, gender, and subtype-specific incidence rates of dementia in three populations in central Spain using data from the Neurological Disorders in Central Spain (NEDICES), a population-based survey of elderly participants. METHODS Individuals were evaluated at baseline (1994-1995) and at follow-up (a median of 3.2 years later in(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that imposes an important burden upon the patient's caregiver. This study aims at assessing caregiver burden (CB) and analyzing its relationship with sociodemographic, emotional, and functional factors, as well as health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The following measures were applied to 80(More)
OBJECTIVES Until relatively recently southern Europe was regarded as having a medium to low multiple sclerosis prevalence, of about 20 or less per 100,000. However, recent studies in Sardinia, Sicily, continental Italy, Cyprus and Spain have yielded higher MS prevalence rates, between 32 and 102.6 per 100,000. We present the results of a prevalence study of(More)
The existing knowledge about the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and its relationship to cognitive and/or emotional functioning in multiple sclerosis (MS) is scarce. We assessed differences between subgroups of MS outpatients (n = 209) on one HRQoL instrument: a version of the Functional Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis quality of life instrument; on(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether patients with essential tremor (ET) have cognitive deficits when compared with controls and whether the types of cognitive deficits reported previously are also found in this large sampling of patients with ET. METHODS A total of 232 patients with ET and 696 matched controls age 65 years or older (median 75 years) living in(More)