More MS news articles for Jan 2002

Rehabilitation of intimacy and sexual dysfunction in couples with multiple sclerosis|1454376537210543070/-1052814329/6/7051/7051/7052/7052/7051/-1

Multiple Sclerosis, December 2001, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 417-421(5)
Foley F.W. [1] *; LaRocca N.G. [2]; Sorgen Sanders A. [3]; Zemon V. [1]
[1] Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Rousso Building, Bronx, New York 10461, USA [2] National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017-3288, USA [3] New York, NY, USA [*] Correspondence: DR Denney, Department of Psychology, 1415 Jayhawk Blvd., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045, USA

Sexual dysfunction is a highly prevalent symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), with little published research on effective treatments.

This pilot study tested the efficacy of a counseling intervention in nine couples utilizing a quasi-experimental research design.

The intervention consisted of 12 counseling sessions, communication with the MS medical treatment team, education, and tailoring symptomatic treatments so they interfere less with sexual function.

Repeated measures analysis of variance indicated significant improvements in affective and problem-solving communication, marital satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction during the treatment vs. the waiting list phase of the study (F=1.7, P<.001).

MS patients and their spouses reported similar levels of improvement.

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