Publication date: Mar 04, 2020
There is scarce information in Latin America regarding the prevalence of anxiety in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and its association with different clinical-demographic factors.
We aimed to determine the prevalence of anxiety in Argentinian MS patients and to analyze associated factors.
A cross-sectional analysis was performed with consecutive MS outpatients from two centers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anxiety was evaluated according to the anxiety subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-A).
Eighty-three patients were included. Fifty-three (63%) were females, mean age: 46 (SD=13.9) years. Forty-five percent (n = 38) had anxiety according to the HADS-A. Patients with anxiety were significantly younger (42.2 vs 49.1 years, p = 0.02), had a shorter time since diagnosis (8.3 vs 12.3 years, p = 0.02), had a history of psychiatric disorders (36.8% vs 8.8%, p = 0.002), were depressed (57.8% vs 2.2%, p
Chertcoff, A., Curbelo, M.C., Bauer, J., Ferrandina, F., Martinez, A., Steinberg, J., and Carr’a, A. Anxiety in Argentinian patients with multiple sclerosis: Prevalence and associated factors. 20486. 2020 Mult Scler Relat Disord (41):