MS Patients Have Higher Burden of Mental Disorders, French Study Finds

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by Patricia Inacio, PhD |

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People with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a higher burden of mental disorders than healthy people or people with rheumatoid arthritis, a French population-based study suggests.

The study, “Prevalence of mental disorders is higher in patients with multiple sclerosis than in the general population or in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in France,” was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal – Experimental, Translational and Clinical.

Mental disorders have been reported to occur more often in MS patients. They can have an impact on several factors in an MS patient’s life, including increasing the risk of disability progression, lowering quality of life, and affecting the ability to adhere to treatment, including disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). But few studies have addressed the issue of mental disorders in MS patients specifically in the French population.

To address this, a group of researchers in France assessed the prevalence of mental disorders in MS patients compared with healthy people used as controls and people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

The prevalence of mental disorders was analyzed using randomly selected population data from the National Inter-Scheme Information System on Health Insurance from 2011 to 2015.

For each MS patient, up to five healthy controls and one RA patient from the general population were included.

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