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Community Exercise for persons with multiple sclerosis - effect on exercise participation

Learmonth, Y.C.ORCID: 0000-0002-4857-8480, Lasevicius, T. and van Rens, F. (2019) Community Exercise for persons with multiple sclerosis - effect on exercise participation. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 25 (7). pp. 1031-1072.

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Exercise is consistently recognised as an important and efficacious management strategy for the symptoms and consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS), however many persons with MS do not engage in sufficient exercise to accrue health benefits. We are conducting a randomised controlled trial for examining the feasibility of remote-delivery of a home-based exercise programme for up to 5 months. The individually completed programme will include 2 sessions of aerobic walking and 2 sessions of resistance training per week, and include instruction from an exercise physiologist via email and telephone and supervision via text message, and telephone/videophone. After 4 months of individually completed programme the programme will be tested as both an individually completed programme and as a “buddy” group programme for an additional month to assess for cost effective translation and exercise adherence. We will further monitor for adherence and health outcomes 6 months post intervention. We will recruit persons with mild-moderate MS, and they will be randomly allocated to receive the intervention or act as participants in the control group. We will provide intervention participants with a basic at-home exercise programme and this will be progressed systematically. Outcomes will be collected via internet questionnaires and will determine exercise participation, MS related symptoms and aspects of exercise participation motivation and adherence. We aim to determine whether our exercise programme can be translated to clinical care and to see if it provides positive health outcomes to persons with MS.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Sage Publications
Other Information: Meeting abstract taken from the Annual RIMS Conference 2019, Boston, MA. 28 April - 1 May 2019
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