Publication date: Nov 28, 2019
These investigators examined how sensory processing, along with disease severity and cognitive impairment, help to predict functional behavior in patients with MS and affect quality of life. There were 2 cohorts in the study, with an age range of 23 to 63 years: 61 patients with MS, with (n = 43) and without cognitive impairment (n = 18), and 36 in the control group.
Between the MS groups, those with cognitive impairment also had less of an ability to register sensory input. Overall, the control group had, according to the investigators, better total functional behavior profiles while those with MS had more difficulty processing sensory stimuli, which showed in 3 distinct patterns:These findings need to be interpreted in light of some study limitations.
“Suggestions for future research and awareness are to combine objective measures of sensory processing with self-reported difficulties, to investigate if difficulties processing sensory stimuli can predict cognitive decline in the MS population, and a 2-pronged intervention program for patients with MS and their caregivers that -stresses the importance of sensory processing to everyday life and quality of life and provides strategies to enhance the inclusion and function of people with MS in daily life.
The role of sensory processing difficulties, cognitive impairment, and disease severity in predicting functional behavior among patients with multiple sclerosis [published online August 27, 2019].
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