June 17, 2003
An energy conservation course can benefit progressive MS patients whose symptoms cause moderate to severe disability, according to a new study.
Thirty-seven people with progressive MS participated in both an eight-week experimental energy conservation course treatment and an eight-week control period of traditional therapy. Investigators used the Fatigue Impact Scale to measure fatigue impact before and after experimental and traditional treatments, and eight weeks after the conservation course.
Those subjects who underwent the energy conservation treatment course were less tired than those who didnt undergo the treatment course. The average FIS total score decreased significantly after the conservation course, while the FIS total and subscale scores during the control period did not show significant change. Additionally, evaluated participants maintained decreased fatigue impact eight weeks following energy conservation.
This study can be found in the May/June issue of The American Journal
of Occupational Therapy.
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