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.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1191/026921500669834306|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
|Date Deposited:||05 Aug 2008|
|Last Modified:||06 Aug 2015 02:44|
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