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A web-based life-style, exercise and activity intervention for people with progressive multiple sclerosis results of a single-arm feasibility study

Busse, Monica ORCID:, Playle, Rebecca ORCID:, Latchem-Hastings, Julie ORCID:, Button, Kate ORCID:, Lowe, Rachel, Barlow, Christy ORCID:, Lloyd, Barry ORCID:, Dean-Young, Andrew, Poile, Vincent, Dawes, Helen, Davies, Freya ORCID:, O'Halloran, Rhian, Tallantyre, Emma ORCID:, Edwards, Adrian ORCID:, Wood, Fiona ORCID: and Jones, Fiona 2022. A web-based life-style, exercise and activity intervention for people with progressive multiple sclerosis results of a single-arm feasibility study. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 57 , 103388. 10.1016/j.msard.2021.103388

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Background People with progressive Multiple Sclerosis often struggle to access appropriate and inclusive support for regular physical activity. The Lifestyle, Exercise and Activity Package (LEAP-MS) intervention, is a co-designed web-based physical activity intervention for people with progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It consists of two key components; (1) web-based physical activity coaching with physiotherapists using self-management support strategies and 2) an interactive web-based platform including a physical activity information suite, an activity selection and planning tool and a participant-physiotherapist messaging system. We aimed to evaluate recruitment, retention and uptake, in a single arm feasibility study. Methods Participants with primary or secondary progressive MS with an Expanded Disability Status Scale score of 6 to 8 were recruited. Assessments included the MS Impact Scale (MSIS-29) and measures of participation at baseline, three and six months. All participants received the intervention which consisted of up to six web-based physiotherapy- led physical activity coaching sessions alongside access to web-based education and activity suites. Recruitment, retention and uptake data were summarised. Pre-defined progression criteria were used to guide feasibility assessment. Clinical outcome data were analysed descriptively. Results Fifty-eight percent (21/36) of those submitting expressions of interest were recruited; 76% completed follow-up. Pre-specified progression criteria for retention were met but recruitment did not meet progression criteria. The intervention achieved set fidelity criteria. At three months, 12 participants (75%) reported improvements in routine activities after the intervention. MSIS-29 physical scores improved by an average of eight points (95% CI -12.6 to -3.3). Improvements were also seen in MSIS-29 psychological scores and fatigue. Some improvements were maintained at six months. Conclusions The LEAP-MS intervention is feasible and associated with improvements in MSIS-29 scores. The intervention facilitated partnership working between physiotherapists and people with progressive MS. Users developed valuable skills in supported self-management by focussing on enhancing physical activity to support overall wellbeing. This work has laid the foundations for a large-scale evaluation of a co-designed intervention with potential for far reaching impact on the lives of people with progressive MS.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2211-0348
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 November 2021
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 21:42

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