ARTICLES: PDF OnlyThe Effect of a One-Week Retreat on Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and Functional Ability for Persons With Multiple SclerosisBeatus, Joseph PhD, PT1; O'Neill, Jennifer K. MPT2; Townsend, Tanya MPT3; Robrecht, Kimberly MPT3Author Information 1Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland 2Aqua Care Rehabilitation Services, Salisbury Maryland 3Maryland Neurology Report: Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 154-159 Free Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a 1-week summer retreat for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) on self-esteem, quality of life, and functional ability. Subjects were voluntary participants of a 1-week retreat for people with MS at various stages of the disease. Data were collected on arrival at the site and on the last day prior to leaving. The 41 participants completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life 54 Instrument (physical and mental components), and the Activities of Daily Living Self Care for persons with multiple sclerosis. Paired t-tests were used for mean comparisons. No significant differences were found for the physical component of quality of life, self-esteem, or functional independence scores. There was a significant increase in the mental component of quality of life. This study provides preliminary evidence for selected benefits of a week-long retreat for persons with multiple sclerosis. Physical therapy can play an important role in designing and implementing retreat programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative diseases. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.