Randomised controlled trial of a behavioural intervention targeting symptoms and physical activity in multiple sclerosis

This study group looked at promoting lifestyle physical activity in MS. The researchers carried out a six-month randomised controlled trial which looked at the efficacy of an internet-delivered, behavioural intervention for improving outcomes of fatigue, depression, anxiety, pain, sleep quality and health-related quality of life outcomes in 82 ambulatory people with MS. They found significant beneficial effects on fatigue severity and its physical impact, depression and anxiety. There were no significant improvements in pain, sleep quality and physical health related quality of life outcomes. These results demonstrate that behavioural interventions targeting lifestyle physical activity help in the management of MS symptoms.

Authors: Pilutti L, Dlugonski D
Source: Mult Scler. 2013 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print]

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