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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2019, vol. 25, issue1
Subject Area: Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2019251.2390
Published online: 05 March 2019

Original article

J of IMAB. 2019 Jan-Mar;25(1):2390-2395
Kalina DrenskaORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Tihomir DrenskiORCID logo, Ara KaprelyanORCID logo,
Department of Neurology and Neurosciences, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria.

Purpose: As the feeling of happiness in multiple sclerosis (MS) is not investigated in Bulgaria yet, we decided to reveal some essential features of this non-motor symptom in multiple sclerosis patients with and without comorbidity.
Material/Methods: We examined 80 MS patients, 56 females and 24 males, at a mean age of 49 years. Forty of them presented with multiple sclerosis alone, and 40 did with multiple sclerosis and accompanying diseases. Health-related quality of life was assessed by means of Short Form-36 questionnaire and Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Questionnaire with 54 items.
Results: We established a lower frequency of feeling of happiness reported in MS patients with comorbidity. There were statistically significant positive correlations between the health status self-assessment and MS influence upon the feeling of happiness (R=0.428; p<0.01) as well as between MS influence upon social activities and the feeling of happiness (R=0.539; p<0.01). There were statistically reliable negative correlations between depression and feeling of happiness (R=-0.591; p<0.01) as well as between health-related quality of life scores and feeling of happiness in MS patients (R=-0,565; p<0,01). There was a statistically significant difference concerning the feeling of happiness (p<0.001) between the patients with MS only and those with MS and comorbidity.
Conclusion: Multiple sclerosis alone and with comorbidity exerts an unfavourable influence on individual patient’s feeling of happiness. The presence of this common non-motor symptom in MS patients needs more comprehensive research.

Keywords: multiple sclerosis, happiness, comorbidity,

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Please cite this article as: Drenska K, Drenski T, Kaprelyan A. Feeling of happiness in patients with multiple sclerosis and comorbidity. J of IMAB. 2019 Jan-Mar;25(1):2390-2395. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2019251.2390

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Assoc. prof. Kalina Drenska, MD, PhD., Department of Neurology and Neurosciences, Medical University – Varna; 55, Marin Drinov str., Varna 9010, Bulgaria; E-mail: k_drenska@abv.bg

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Received: 19 October 2018
Published online: 05 March 2019

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