June 12, 2003
Fatigue, along with other factors, can affect the driving ability of MS patients, investigators reported in a new study.
Seventy-five MS patients and 63 controls, who were relatives or close friends of people with MS, responded to a questionnaire on driving.
Based on their responses, the driving ability of subjects in the MS group was found to be affected more often by fatigue, leg problems, numbness and eye problems than it was in the control group.
MS patients reported that fatigue had a significant effect on driving ability and that it impacted their driving plans. They also reported driving shorter distances and for shorter time periods than controls.
The study can be found in the July issue of Disability and Rehabilitation.
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