Lilian E. M. A. Pfennings

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The Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests (BRB-N) is a sensitive measure of cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. It consists of the Selective Reminding Test, the 10/36 Spatial Recall Test, the Symbol Digit Modalities Test, the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test and the Word List Generation Test. We administered one of(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the quality of life (QoL) of MS patients during the initial 6 months of treatment with interferon-beta (IFN-beta). Furthermore, to determine whether changes in QoL relate to disability, emotional state, therapeutic expectations or side effect profile. BACKGROUND IFN-beta has been shown to have beneficial effects on the course of(More)
Seventy-three Dutch and Flemish patients with definite multiple sclerosis (MS) were assessed by means of the Disability and Impact Profile (DIP), which is a 2 × 39 item, self-administered questionnaire with parallel questions aboutdisabilities and their importance for orimpact on the patient, resulting in a profile of weighted scores. It was designed as a(More)
Responsiveness was measured in a number of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments among which two generic (SF-36 and COOP/WONCA Charts) and one disease-specific instrument, the Disability & Impact Profile (DIP). Subjects were 162 multiple sclerosis patients. The following responsiveness indices were used: effect size, standardised response mean(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the value of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) to predict change in disability status in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS Over a 5-year period, data were collected on HRQoL (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 Health Survey) and disability status (Expanded Disability Status Scale) from a heterogeneous group of 81(More)
Questionnaires measuring health-related quality of life are increasingly used in international studies of medical effectiveness. It is important to know if data from these instruments are comparable across countries. We initiated a collaboration among five research groups--from the USA, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the UK--in the field of(More)
OBJECTIVE The construction of a brief, valid and reliable HRQoL questionnaire for use in multiple sclerosis patients based on generic and disease-specific HRQoL measures. MATERIAL AND METHODS The Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), COOP/ WONCA Charts, and Disability & Impact Profile (DIP) were used in a longitudinal study in(More)
The Disability and Impact Profile (DIP) is used for the measurement of quality of life in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Data from 211 persons with definite MS from Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands were used to address three questions. To what extent do the impairment ratings and their complementary weighted scores share common variance? What is the(More)
Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaires finding increasing use in medicine, but still only few publications have reported on HRQoL in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its progressive and disabling nature, the disease has a considerable effect on HRQoL. To facilitate the interpretation of scores for the heterogeneous MS(More)
A substantial group of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has difficulty coping with their disease. Cognitive behavioral group interventions may help these patients cope more effectively with MS. We developed an 8-session group intervention programme for patients recently diagnosed with MS to help them cope more effectively with MS and to overcome(More)