Biopsychosocial determinants of the quality of life of individuals with multiple sclerosis in Portugal and Brazil

One of the outcomes of quality of care often measured, due to its clinical utility, is the quality of life (QOL). In multiple sclerosis (MS), QOL is related, among others, to the personality, spirituality, disability, pain, type and duration of MS. Disease cognitions and social skills may also play an important role in the QOL of these patients.

Thus, due to its implications for quality care, the overall objective of this project is to identify and compare the biopsychosocial determinants of QOL in adults with MS in Portugal and Brazil.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To characterize the personality, spirituality, pain, disease cognitions and social skills of people with MS in Portugal and Brazil;
  2. To compare the personality, spirituality, pain, cognitions of disease and social skills of people with MS in Portugal and Brazil;
  3. To identify the predictors of QOL of patients in both countries;
  4. To compare the biopsychosocial characteristics and predictors of QOL in patients in both countries.

Since some of the selected instruments do not have versions in European Portuguese, tested in Portuguese samples, the first part of the project implies the development of such versions.

UFP participants:

Project supported by:

  • Fundação Ensino e Cultura Fernando Pessoa

Other institutions related to the project:

  • ABEM (Associação Brasileira de Esclerose Múltipla, Brazil)

More information: (only in Portuguese)