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Multiple Sclerosis International
Volume 2013, Article ID 524894, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/524894
Review Article

Measuring the Quality of Life in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in Clinical Practice: A Necessary Challenge

1EA3279, Self-Perceived Health Assessment Research Unit, School of Medicine, Aix-Marseille University, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille Cedex 05, France
2Department of Neurology, Timone University Hospital, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille Cedex 05, France

Received 14 November 2012; Revised 7 January 2013; Accepted 5 February 2013

Academic Editor: Rob Bermel

Copyright © 2013 Karine Baumstarck et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

While the physical disability aspect of multiple sclerosis (MS) is of great importance, quality of life (QoL) measurements are being considered increasingly important with regard to evaluating disease progression, treatment, and the management of care provided to MS patients. Despite the acknowledged need to consider QoL issues, QoL assessment remains underutilized in clinical practice. These issues should be explored and understood to promote the use of measuring QoL in MS clinical practice. We explore the difficulties for clinicians: choosing and determining the most appropriate QoL measure and how to best integrate QoL measurements into clinical practice. This paper discusses several avenues to provide to clinicians arguments of the clinical relevance and accuracy of QoL instruments and ultimately to enhance the use of QoL measures in clinical practice for MS patients.