This study was to compare long-term care (LTC) residents with and without multiple sclerosis (MS); to compare admission status of pain, physical disability, pressure ulcers, depression, and cognitive performance in LTC residents with and without MS; and to examine the impact of MS and pain on outcomes 90 and 180 days after LTC admission.
Residents with MS were more physically disabled and had more frequent pain and a higher prevalence of pressure ulcers and depression on admission than residents without MS. Pain, or lack thereof, in residents with or without MS on admission may warn of problems that could occur within 6 months after admission to a LTC facility.
Newland, P., Wipke-Tevis, D., Williams, D., Rantz, M., & Petroski, G. (2005). Impact of pain on outcomes in long-term care residents with and without multiple sclerosis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 1490-1496.