Lotta Widén Holmqvist

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OBJECTIVES (1) To explore functioning and concurrent presence of disabilities - concerning cognition, manual dexterity, walking, energy, mood, activities of daily living (ADL), and social/lifestyle activities - in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) cared for at an outpatient MS clinic. 2) To describe the PwMS' perceived physical and psychological impact(More)
BACKGROUND Perceived disability after stroke may persist long-term even among young individuals with mild stroke and may be related to age-related expectations of health and recovery. Thus, in order to appreciate the magnitude of perceived disability in a younger stroke population studies are needed to explore perceived health-related differences between(More)
OBJECTIVES To provide a comprehensive description of impairment in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in Sweden during the first 2 years after disease onset. METHODS In this prospective multi-centre study, 42 patients, mean age 52 years, were evaluated at 2 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. Evaluations made use of validated, reliable(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There is no consensus concerning the location or severity of spasticity, or how this changes with time after stroke. The purpose was to describe: the location and severity of spasticity, in different muscle groups, during the first 1-2 weeks and at 3 and 18 months after stroke; the association between the severity of spasticity and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Research evidence supporting Early Supported Discharge (ESD) services has been summarized in a Cochrane Systematic Review. Trials have shown that ESD can reduce long-term dependency and admission to institutional care and reduce the length of hospital stay. No adverse impact on the mood or well-being of patients or carers has been(More)
The aim of the present study was to explore variations in functioning and disability--with regard to cognition, manual dexterity, walking, energy, mood, activities of daily living and social/ lifestyle activities--every six months during a 2-year period, in 200 people with MS (PwMS) at an outpatient MS specialist clinic. Symbol Digit Modalities Test, Nine(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe variations in fatigue over the course of 2 years in a sample of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), and to investigate the predictive value of the following variables on variations in fatigue: sex, age, sense of coherence, living with a partner, living with children, work status, immunomodulatory treatment, mood, disease severity,(More)
BACKGROUND Health-related quality of life (HRQL) in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) is negatively affected compared to that of the general population. Cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms have been shown to predict worse HRQL in a short-term perspective. Considering the progressive nature of MS, it is essential to include the long-term (10(More)
BACKGROUND Even though it is well known that disability due to MS is highly associated with employment status, the long-term longitudinal perspective on sickness absence and disability pension over the MS trajectory is lacking. In addition, further knowledge of risk factors for future disability pension is needed. OBJECTIVES To explore long-term(More)
OBJECTIVES Multiple sclerosis (MS) impacts the health-related quality of life (HRQL) in partners, but knowledge on the longitudinal perspective is needed. The aim was to analyse HRQL in partners of persons with MS living in Sweden a decade ago and after 10 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS Partners were identified through a population-based study of persons(More)
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