What is different for people with MS who have pressure ulcers: a reflective study of the impact upon people's quality of life?

Elizabeth McGinnis*, E. Andrea Nelson, Claudia Gorecki, Jane Nixon

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, degenerative disease of the central nervous system. People with advanced disease who have compromised mobility, activity, sensory and/or cognitive abilities are at risk of pressure ulcers. Having a pressure ulcer has a substantial impact on a person's quality of life; a generic pressure ulcer Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) framework has been used in this study.


To explore the views and opinions of patients with MS who have a pressure ulcer using a thematic framework and compare these to the general pressure ulcer population.


Data for six MS patients was obtained through secondary analysis of transcripts from semi-structured interviews conducted during two studies which were part of a programme of HRQL Research. Findings Patients with MS reported that their pressure ulcer affected their lives physically, psychologically and socially. All were confined to bed (as part of their pressure ulcer treatment) and therefore unable to participate in activities. Difficulties with movement and activity were partially attributed to the MS. Patients with MS did not report feeling ill with their pressure ulcer and expressed positive emotions and optimism. Pain or discomfort was a feature of the pressure ulcer for most patients.


Pressure ulcers have a major impact on QOL for all patients. Problems with mobility and activity associated with the pressure ulcer were confounded by the MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Tissue Viability
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dermatology


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