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Sexual function in multiple sclerosis and associations with demographic, disease and lifestyle characteristics: an international cross-sectional study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Neurology, November 2016
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Title
Sexual function in multiple sclerosis and associations with demographic, disease and lifestyle characteristics: an international cross-sectional study
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BMC Neurology, November 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12883-016-0735-8
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Claudia H. Marck, Pia L. Jelinek, Tracey J. Weiland, Jane S. Hocking, Alysha M. De Livera, Keryn L. Taylor, Sandra L. Neate, Naresh G. Pereira, George A. Jelinek

Abstract

Sexual dysfunction (SD) is very common in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) and contributes a significant burden of disease, particularly for young people. SD has direct neurological contributions from depression and fatigue, which occur commonly in PwMS. Modifiable factors may represent potential targets for treatment and prevention of SD. We aimed to assess the prevalence of SD and explore associations between SD and demographic and modifiable risk factors, as well as depression and fatigue in a large cohort of PwMS. We analysed self-reported data from a large, international sample of PwMS recruited via Web 2.0 platforms, including demographic, lifestyle and disease characteristics. Specific sexual function questions included 4 items from the sexual function scale and 1 item regarding satisfaction with sexual function, part of the MS Quality of Life-54 instrument. 2062 PwMS from 54 countries completed questions on sexual function. 81.1 % were women, mean age was 45 years, most (62.8 %) reported having relapsing-remitting MS. The majority (54.5 %) reported one or more problems with sexual function and were classified as having SD. Lack of sexual interest (41.8 % of women), and difficulty with erection (40.7 % of men) were most common. The median total sexual function score was 75.0 out of 100, and 43.7 % were satisfied with their sexual function. Regression modeling revealed independent associations between sexual function and satisfaction and a range of demographic factors, including age, as well as depression risk, antidepressant use, and fatigue in PwMS. This cross-sectional study shows that SD and lack of satisfaction with sexual function are associated with depression risk and fatigue, as well as modifiable lifestyle factors diet and physical activity (after adjusting for depression and fatigue). Planned longitudinal follow-up of this sample may help clarify these associations and the underlying mechanisms. There is potential to prevent and treat SD in PwMS by addressing depression and fatigue and their determinants. Clinicians and PwMS should be aware of SD and associated factors as part of a comprehensive preventive approach to managing MS.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 149 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 14%
Student > Bachelor 17 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 10%
Other 14 9%
Researcher 11 7%
Other 36 24%
Unknown 35 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 31 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 19 13%
Psychology 12 8%
Unspecified 9 6%
Neuroscience 6 4%
Other 30 20%
Unknown 42 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 August 2021.
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#1,981,623
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#181
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#37,163
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Neurology
#4
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