Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(15):3609-3614. doi:10.7150/ijms.61964 This issue

Research Paper

The Impact of Motor Disability and the Level of Fatigue on Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Treated with Immunomodulation

Robert Ślusarz1,5✉, Joanna Olkiewicz2,5, Robert Bonek2, Karolina Filipska1,5, Monika Biercewicz3, Adam Wiśniewski4

1. Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Science, Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
2. Department of Neurology and Clinical Neuroimmunology, Regional Specialist Hospital, Grudziadz, Poland
3. Clinic of Geriatrics, Faculty of Health Science, Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
4. Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
5. Polish Association of Neuroscience Nursing, Poland

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Ślusarz R, Olkiewicz J, Bonek R, Filipska K, Biercewicz M, Wiśniewski A. The Impact of Motor Disability and the Level of Fatigue on Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Treated with Immunomodulation. Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(15):3609-3614. doi:10.7150/ijms.61964. Available from https://www.medsci.org/v18p3609.htm

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Aim: The aim of the study was to clarify whether the motor disability and the fatigue-related syndrome affect the level of compliance with therapeutic recommendations.

Methods: Prospective studies were conducted among 165 patients treated under the drug program - Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Department of Neurology and Clinical Neuroimmunology of the Regional Specialist Hospital in Grudziadz (Poland). The research was carried out by the method of diagnostic survey, questionnaire technique with the use of standardized research tools. The Adherence in Chronic Diseases Scale (ACDS) was used to assess the level of compliance with therapeutic recommendations. The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) was used to assess the degree of disability, and the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) was used to assess the degree of disability. The Chi-square test, Shapiro-Wilk test and Kruskal-Wallis were used.

Results: The statistical analysis showed that there is a relationship (p=0.0055) between the patient's motor disability assessed in the EDSS scale and the level of compliance with therapeutic recommendations assessed in the ACDS scale. The higher the patient's disability level (EDSS 4.5-6.5), the lower the treatment adherence rate. The conducted research shows that the average score in the MFIS scale for individual levels of compliance with therapeutic recommendations expressed in the ACDS scale is, respectively: for the low level - 38.3 MFIS points, for the medium level - 34.4 MFIS points and for the high level- 33.2 MFIS points. The obtained results were not statistically significant (p=0.6098).

Conclusion: It was found that the level of adherence to therapeutic recommendations in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with immunomodulation in the study group remained high. There is a relationship between the patient's disability and the level of adherence to therapeutic recommendations.

Keywords: adherence, motor disability, fatigue, multiple sclerosis