Nursing Assessment of Positive Adjustment for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Authors

  • Sheila Favro Marks BS RN CRRN,

    Nursing supervisor, Corresponding author
    1. Our Lady of Victory Head Trauma Rehabilitation Unit in Lackawanna, NY.
      293 Tracey Lane, Grand Island, NY 14072.
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  • Richard W. Millard PhD

    Assistant professor of psychiatry (psychology) and anesthesiology
    1. University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
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293 Tracey Lane, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Abstract

The chronic, progressive nature of multiple sclerosis (MS) often interferes with effective psychosocial adjustment. When presented with physical limitations and/or cognitive impairment, the client with MS may experience problems such as depression, family dissolution, and loss of important roles. However, some persons are able to adjust positively and enjoy life. This article explains a model for assessing psychosocial adjustment of those with MS and describes its practical application for the rehabilitation nurse.

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