Telerehabilitation in multiple sclerosis
Author(s):
M. Mäurer
Affiliations:
Caritas Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim gGmbH, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
(Abstract release date: 09/23/15) ECTRIMS Online Library. Mäurer M. 10/08/15; 116732; 2406
Mathias Mäurer
Mathias Mäurer
Contributions
Abstract
Abstract: 134

Type: Invited

Abstract Category: Invited / Oral LB / Poster LB

Internet-based interventions may influence health behaviors in both healthy and chronically ill people positively. Internet-based interventions include online consultations, web-based education, internet-based therapeutic software and other online activities such as social networking.

In a randomized controlled trial (MS-Intact Study) we examined the effectiveness of an internet-based intervention on physical activity and functional capacity as well as on patient related outcomes like health-related quality of life (HRQL) and fatigue in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS).

The intervention resulted in a significant increase in muscle strength, physical activity and lung function in the exercise group compared with the waiting group (control). Unfortunately we could not demonstrate an effect on HRQL and fatigue. A possible reason for the might be the lower social interaction and support for internet-based interventions compared to conventional group training. The integration of social networks might therefore be promising.

A survey of the study participants revealed a high level of acceptance and satisfaction with the intervention. Striking,however, was a decline in exercise frequency during the course of the study. Decreasing exercise frequency is a key issue in web-based interventions. A promising approach could be the use integration of game-elements in order to optimize the binding to Internet-based interventions.

Disclosure: Mathias Mäurer has nothing to disclose
Abstract: 134

Type: Invited

Abstract Category: Invited / Oral LB / Poster LB

Internet-based interventions may influence health behaviors in both healthy and chronically ill people positively. Internet-based interventions include online consultations, web-based education, internet-based therapeutic software and other online activities such as social networking.

In a randomized controlled trial (MS-Intact Study) we examined the effectiveness of an internet-based intervention on physical activity and functional capacity as well as on patient related outcomes like health-related quality of life (HRQL) and fatigue in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS).

The intervention resulted in a significant increase in muscle strength, physical activity and lung function in the exercise group compared with the waiting group (control). Unfortunately we could not demonstrate an effect on HRQL and fatigue. A possible reason for the might be the lower social interaction and support for internet-based interventions compared to conventional group training. The integration of social networks might therefore be promising.

A survey of the study participants revealed a high level of acceptance and satisfaction with the intervention. Striking,however, was a decline in exercise frequency during the course of the study. Decreasing exercise frequency is a key issue in web-based interventions. A promising approach could be the use integration of game-elements in order to optimize the binding to Internet-based interventions.

Disclosure: Mathias Mäurer has nothing to disclose

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