Take Charge of Your MS
What is this research about?
Self-management is what a person does day-to-day to manage their chronic condition and symptoms that come with it. Self-management programs can reduce visits to the hospital, and lessen pain, fatigue, and depression symptoms for people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This study is a randomized controlled trial and compares two approaches to helping people living with MS manage:
- Fatigue, or
- Depressed mood
Self-management approaches have been shown to help people with other chronic conditions (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) reduce their symptoms and improve their lives. The purpose of this study is to see if these self-management interventions, when delivered by telephone reduce pain, depressed mood, and/or fatigue as well as the negative effects of these symptoms in persons with MS.
A couple of additional resources for Self-Management in people with MS:
- Patient Self-Management in MS, a White Paper published by the Consortium of MS Centers.
- Self-Management: Keys to Taking Charge of Your MS, an article published in MS Foundation's Magazine "MS Focus" written by Dawn Ehde, PhD and Jamie Wazenkewitz, MSW, MPH.
What does this study involve?
This study was successfully finished. Enrollment is closed and we're in processing of looking at the data.
What did the researchers find?
Here are some of our preliminary findings and talks or posters about our methods:
- A platorm, Developing a Novel Telephone-Delivered Self-Management Intervention for Multiple Sclerosis was presented by Jamie Wazenkewitz, MSW, MPH at APHA Annual Meeting in 2012, San Francisco, CA.
- A poster, Developing a Telephone-Delivered Self-Management Intervention was presented by Jamie Wazenkewitz, MSW, MPH at the Annual Research Meeting in 2011, Montreal, Canada.
- An article, Perspectives on Self-Management published in the International Journal of MS Care describes the qualitative research (focus group discussions) that were conducted as part of the process to develop the self-management intervention.