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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Multiple Sclerosis

Talking About Life with Multiple Sclerosis. A Qualitative Study of Patient Experiences Development of DIPEx module MS

Listening to patients’ voices is increasingly being recognized as an important factor for continuous improvement in health care. Integrating patients’ stories about their experiences with multiple sclerosis (MS) seems paramount considering the relatively high prevalence of MS and its life-changing consequences for those affected and their families. The Swiss database of patient narratives (DIPEx) provides a systematic and methodologically rigorous collection of interviews about the real-life experiences with health issues and presents them as video- and/or audio-sequences on a website. The objective of this study is to describe a wide range of people’s individual experiences of health and disease, to understand what matters to them and to provide a rich information resource for people with MS and for those who look after them. The relevance of the study: this is the first introduction of the project of patients’ experiences with MS in Switzerland.

Aims of the study and the module of Swiss DIPEx database is 

  • to develop a comprehensive understanding of the lived experience of illness, functioning and disability from persons perspective living with multiple sclerosis in their daily life. 
  • to explore in-depth, the perspective of patients and partly caregivers experiences regarding MS including barriers, challenges, but also resources in managing a comprehensive treatment based on a biopsychosocial perspective.
  • to make these experiences accessible to other people living with MS, peers, and stakeholders by using an online platform as.

Involved DIPEx Researchers