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Dr Anita Rose

Clinical Psychologist, Walton Centre of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool

Dr Anita Rose has been the Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with the MS Team at the Walton Centre of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, since October 2005. She has had an interest in Neuropsychology obtaining extensive experience in this field since 1998.

Her original career, (before marriage and children!) was as a psychiatric nurse. She visits South Africa yearly to work as a volunteer with women and children. Since 2005 she has provided training within a Neuropsychology Dept in Cape Town following a 4 month secondment to that department.

She is currently involved in or running a number of research projects including; Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with MS, Service related issues with Cognitive deficits in people with MS, Carer burden and strain related to cognitive issues in people with MS, Investigation into Cognition in MS.

Outside of her work within the NHS she is an advisor to City Hearts Women's House, Sheffield, a residential home for women with life controlling issues

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The MSQL Dial

The MSQL dial was designed to gather information on the extent to which MS affects aspects of a person's life. Particular attention is given to changes in cognitive function. The simple design for this questionnaire has been adapted from a tool developed by Dr Ate Dijkstra, called the Care Dependency Scale.*


Dijkstra A. Care Dependency: an assessment instrument for use in long-term care facilities. Groningen: Stichting Drukkerij C. Regenboog, 1998.

NICE guidelines state: "Any person with MS complaining of cognitive problems... should be offered a formal cognitive assessment".

In June 2007 a panel of healthcare professionals with a strong interest in and/or practical experience of cognitive problems in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) met to explore the potential for greater screening of cognitive function in routine clinical management of people with MS. One of the outcomes from the meeting was the plan to implement this MSQL survey.

The following people all contributed to the development of this new survey: