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Randomized trial of a teleconference-delivered fatigue management program for people with multiple sclerosis

Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612-7250, USA.
Multiple Sclerosis (Impact Factor: 4.86). 05/2011; 17(9):1130-40. DOI: 10.1177/1352458511404272
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ABSTRACT Previous studies support the efficacy and effectiveness of face-to-face group-based fatigue management education for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Nevertheless, many people are unable to access these programs due to environmental barriers.
To test the efficacy and effectiveness of a group-based, teleconference-delivered fatigue management program for people with MS.
A randomly allocated two-group time series design with a wait-list control group was used. In total 190 participants were allocated (94 intervention, 96 wait-list control). Primary outcomes (fatigue impact, fatigue severity, health-related quality of life (HRQOL)) were measured before, immediately after, at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months post. Secondary outcome (self-efficacy) was measured at the same points. Effectiveness (intent-to-treat) and efficacy (per protocol) analyses were conducted.
The program was more effective and efficacious than control for reducing fatigue impact but not fatigue severity. Before and after comparisons with the pooled sample demonstrated efficacy and effectiveness for fatigue impact, fatigue severity, and 6 of 8 HRQOL dimensions. Changes were maintained for 6 months with small to moderate effect sizes.
The results offer strong support for the viability of teleconference-delivered fatigue management education for enabling people with MS to manage this disabling symptom.

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    • "However, another trial of an education-based management program did not find it to be effective, possibly due to a less interactive approach.[92] A recent study found a teleconference-based multi-disciplinary fatigue management program to be effective,[93] and a large controlled trial of the program is currently underway.[94] Finally, a randomized trial comparing exposure to low frequency magnetic fields to a sham treatment in 40 MS patients with fatigue found no significant benefit.[95] "
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