A questionnaire assessment of unmet needs for rehabilitation services and resources for people with multiple sclerosis: results of a pilot survey in five European countries


Kersten, P., McLellan, D.L., Gross-Paju, K., Grigoriadis, N., Bencivenga, R., Beneton, C., Charlier, M., Ketelaer, P. and Thompson, A.J. (2000) A questionnaire assessment of unmet needs for rehabilitation services and resources for people with multiple sclerosis: results of a pilot survey in five European countries. Clinical Rehabilitation, 14, (1), 42-49. (doi:10.1191/026921500669834306).

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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.

Setting : Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Main outcome measures : Needs assessment questionnaire.

Results : The study comprised 137 people with multiple sclerosis, 125 carers and 111 professionals. Patients reported on average 2.9 unmet needs for themselves; their carers and professionals reported on average 2.4. Needs were categorized into seven broad categories. Due to difficulties experienced
by the local researchers in distinguishing between needs and objectives a large proportion of needs had to be assigned to the ‘other’ category.

Conclusions : The SUN is a valuable and practicable tool for the identification of unmet needs for people with multiple sclerosis and their carers. Formal validation and reliability testing of the different language versions is recommended.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0269-2155 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
ePrint ID: 55334
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
Contact Email Address: P.Kersten@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55334

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