K Gross-Paju

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BACKGROUND Bladder problems are very common in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of PwMS to learn clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC). METHODS The physical disability of 23 PwMS was evaluated with the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), and cognitive status was(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate how effectively one question 'Are you depressed?' works as a screening tool for depression in people with multiple sclerosis. DESIGN The results from a single question were compared with formal clinical diagnosis and the classification from a standard questionnaire. SETTING Estonian Multiple Sclerosis Centre, from October 2001 to(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop an international services and needs assessment instrument (SUN) for people with multiple sclerosis and their carers and to pilot this in different countries of the European Community. DESIGN Interview study of people with multiple sclerosis, their carers and nominated key professionals examining the unmet needs of patients and carers.(More)
The aim of the study was to explore personality traits as predictors of coping with disease-related distress in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). All patients with clinically definite MS in a city with a population of approximately 100000 were asked to complete the NEO Personality Inventory and a multidimensional coping inventory (COPE). There was an(More)
Anticholinergics and intermittent catheterization are the cornerstones of bladder management in early multiple sclerosis (MS). In advanced MS however, bladder management is based more on tradition than on evidence. Nurses seem to deal with catheter problems and chronic incontinence. Despite the abundant use of indwelling catheters, there is a lack for(More)
Study design:Observational population-based cohort study.Objectives:The main aim of this study was to examine the relative effect of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL).Methods:HRQoL was evaluated using a RAND 36-Item Health Survey 1.0 questionnaire. Fifty-eight patients received a questionnaire through mail and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of depression and sensitivity and specificity of the single-item interview 'Are you depressed?' for people with hereditary spastic paraplegia in Estonia. DESIGN Single-item interview 'Are you depressed?' was used as a screening question for depression; all participants then completed the Beck Depression Inventory. (More)
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