Intervention for increasing exercise behaviour and improving health outcomes

Research into MS and quality of life:

This interesting study looked at the effects of an exercise programme on self-directed exercise behaviour and other health outcomes including fatigue and health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

This controlled trial included 120 MS patients randomised to a three-month exercise intervention plus usual care or just usual care alone. The exercise intervention entailed two supervised sessions plus one home-exercise session per week for weeks 1-6. This was followed by one supervised session and two home-exercise sessions for weeks 7-12.

The overall results demonstrated that exercise intervention increased self-reported exercise behaviour, it improved fatigue as well as many HRQoL domains at three months in patients with MS.

At nine months there were sustained improvements in emotional well-being, social function and overall quality of life.

Authors: Carter A, Daley A
Source: Mult Scler. 2014 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]
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