Effects of a DVD-delivered exercise intervention on physical function in older adults with multiple sclerosis: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Edward McAuley, Thomas R. Wójcicki, Yvonne Charlotte Learmonth, Sarah A. Roberts, Elizabeth Anne Hubbard, Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins, Jason Fanning, Robert W. Motl

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Abstract

Background: Older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibit disease-related impairments such as compromised strength, balance, mobility, coordination, and quality of life (QOL). Exercise training as an intervention to reverse these conditions in older adults with MS is limited. Objective: The objective of this pilot trial was to examine the effects of a DVD exercise intervention targeting flexibility, strength, and balance in older adults with MS in order to generate effect sizes to power a larger trial. Methods: Participants were randomly assigned to a six-month DVD exercise intervention (n = 24) or a healthy aging DVD control condition (n = 24). Measures of physical function, physical activity, sedentary behavior, QOL and program satisfaction were assessed at baseline and at follow-up. Results: The DVD exercise intervention was well received with no adverse events. Effects sizes ranged from small to modest reflecting improved function, increased physical activity, decreased sitting time, and improved QOL in the intervention condition compared to the control condition. Conclusion: This pilot randomized controlled trial suggests that older adults with MS are receptive to an exercise program via DVD, and the program results in modest but potentially important improvements in function and physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Volume1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2015

Keywords

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • outcome measurement
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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