Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name



Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Li Hsieh


Multiple sclerosis (MS) produces neurological impairments that are variable in duration and severity, and that are unique to each case of MS. In addition to variability of symptoms, the length of the MS diagnostic process often affects quality of life. In this mixed qualitative and quantitative study, we used ethnographic interviews to investigate the underlying thoughts and feelings of two very different individuals with MS and Spastic-Ataxic Dysarthria. The results contribute to the understanding of MS as a multi-faceted condition that has implications that are both internal and external to the person with MS. Further, the results reflect the clinical value of improved quality of life assessment measures that focus on diagnosing the whole person and not surface level symptoms.