Variables associated with patient activation in persons with multiple sclerosis

Marie Christine R. Goodworth, L. A.R.A. Stepleman, Judith Hibbard, Lisa Johns, Dustin Wright, Mary D. Hughes, Mitzi J. Williams

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Identifying variables associated with patient activation in the multiple sclerosis population could serve to facilitate better multiple sclerosis self-management behaviors. Using a cross-sectional survey design, 199 participants were recruited from a multiple sclerosis center in the Southeastern United States. Depression, multiple sclerosis quality of life, and multiple Sclerosis self-efficacy were all significantly correlated with patient activation. Results of a hierarchical regression indicated that patient activation was significantly related to educational attainment, depression, and self-efficacy but not to quality of life. The results suggest several possible targets for intervention to increase patient activation, including health literacy, depression symptoms, and self-efficacy for multiple sclerosis disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-92
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • chronic illness
  • coping
  • depression
  • health psychology
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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