Lutz, C., Kersten, S., & Haas, C. T. (2017). Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of an Exercise-Based Patient Education Programme in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study. Multiple Sclerosis International, Article ID 2826532, 13 pages.

Abstract: Background. Although people with Multiple Sclerosis (pwMS) benefit from physical exercise, they still show reduced physical activity and exercise behaviour. This study aimed to investigate short- and long-term effects of an exercise-based patient education programme (ePEP) that focuses on empowering pwMS to a sustainable and self-regulated exercise training management. Methods. Fourteen pwMS were randomly assigned to immediate experimental group (EG-I: n = 8) and waitlist-control group (EG-W: n = 6) and attended biweekly in a six-week ePEP. All participants were measured for walking ability, quality of life, fatigue and self-efficacy towards physical exercise before and after the ePEP, after 12 weeks and one year after baseline. Short-term effects were analysed in a randomised control trial, long-term effects of all ePEP participants (EG-I + EG-W = EG-all) in a quasi-experimental design. Results. Only functional gait significantly improved in EG-I compared to EG-W (p = 0.008, r = -0.67). Moderate to large effects were found in EG-all for walking ability. Not significant, however, relevant changes were detected for quality of life and fatigue. Self-efficacy showed no changes. Conclusion. The ePEP seems to be a feasible option to empower pwMS to a self-regulated and sustainable exercise training management shown in long-term walking improvements.



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Christina Lutz · 29. November 2018 um 13:33

Thank you very much for this nice compliment. If you have any points of interests or things, which are missing, do not hesitate to contact us. We will work on it.

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Christina Lutz

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