Supportive and Palliative Care Needs Identified By Multiple Sclerosis Patients and Their Families
Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgrad Medicine, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care
Aim: To identify the supportive needs of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. Design, Sample and Method: In-depth interviews were carried out with people living with MS in the community, their family members and health professionals. The data were transcribed verbatim and recurring themes identified. Findings: The analysis of interviews revealed four themes: disbelief and devastation; losses and forced life choices; tracking down services and information; and sadness and relief. Conclusion: Given the duration, range of symptoms and distress often associated with MS, the findings of this research raise the important question of the role of palliative services in supporting the person with MS and his/her family.