Journal of Multiple Sclerosis

ISSN - 2376-0389
NLM - 101654564

Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia

Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia
The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis Ichan School of Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital,
5 east 98th Street Suite 1138, New York NY 10029

  • Research Article
    Screening for Depression in Adult Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

    Author(s): Aliza Bitton Ben-ZachariaAliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia

    Major depression and suicide are high among patients with MS. Despite the high prevalence of depression among persons with MS, only half of patients are screened and depression often remains undetected. Objective: To determine the correlation between the Beck Depression inventory-II (BDI-II) and the Beck Depression Inventory Fast Screen (BDI-FS), and to determine if the degree of disability as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and the number of MS relapses were correlated with depression as measured by the BDI-II, and the BDI-FS. Methods: A sample of 34 persons with MS was selected from an urban neurological outpatient clinic in the Northeast United States. Descriptive, Chi-Square and Pearson correlations were used to analyze the data. Results: The sample was primarily female (71%), .. View More»


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