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Saadati Qamsari A, Noorizadeh Dehkordi S, Dadgoo M. Mobility Compensatory Strategies in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis (A Qualitative Study). Func Disabil J 2023; 6 (1) : 256.1
URL: http://fdj.iums.ac.ir/article-1-220-en.html
1- Department of Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Research Centre, Iranian Centre of Excellence in Physiotherapy, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Research Centre, Iranian Centre of Excellence in Physiotherapy, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , Noorizadeh.sh@iums.ac.ir
Abstract:   (774 Views)
Background and Objectives: The complications and motor disorders caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) not only affect the individual’s movement abilities but also play a crucial and valuable role in how these individuals carry out their daily activities. In this way, patients with MS use certain compensatory methods, depending on individual differences, their environment, and their family’s support, to help with the complications of this disorder. For this reason, this study aims to identify the compensatory strategies that people with MS use to adapt to their mobility limitations. 
Methods: In this study, 13 patients with MS (7 women and 6 men), with informed consent, an average age of 43 years, and a qualitative content analysis approach, were included in the study. The sampling was performed purposefully with maximum variation, and the data was collected via quasi-structured in-depth interviews. Immediately after each interview, the data was analyzed using Cheevakumjorn`s method. 
Results: After analyzing the data and extracting the resulting codes, the codes were classified according to their similarities and differences. Ultimately, three main components of “compensatory strategies for home mobility”, “compensatory strategies for outdoor mobility”, and “compensatory strategies for carrying out daily activities” were formed. 
Conclusion: Although families play a major role in compensating for the mobility problems of these patients, it is necessary for health providers to reduce the burden placed on their families, and to educate MS people on self-care and adjust their living environment. Furthermore, providing mobility assistive devices for the patients should be done according to their differences and their environment. 

 
Article number: 256.1
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Physiotherapy
Received: 2023/05/22 | Accepted: 2023/07/24 | Published: 2023/02/6

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