Computer-assisted rehabilitation of attention in patients with multiple sclerosis: results of a randomised, double-blind trial

This study from Italy tested a home-based computerised programme for retraining attention dysfunction in MS. The study included 88 people with RRMS who failed more than two tests of attention. They were then randomised to specific or nonspecific computerised training (ST, n-ST), which involved one-hour sessions, twice a week for three months. Fifty-five people with MS were randomised to the ST arm and 33 to the n-ST arm. Outcome measures included neuropsychological assessment, depression, fatigue, everyday activities and a visual analogue scale assessing attentive performance (VAS). The assessments were repeated after the interventions and after a further three months. Overall, the researchers found a benefit of the ST on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT). However, there was no difference between the ST and n-ST groups in the perceived results self-reported by people with MS.

Authors: Amato M, Goretti B
Source: Mult Scler. 2013 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]

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