This study examined the correlation of physical activity with neurological impairment and disability in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Eighty individuals with MS wore an accelerometer for 7 days and completed the Symptom Inventory (SI), Performance Scales (PS), and Expanded Disability Status Scale. There were large negative correlations between the accelerometer and SI (r= -0.56; ρ = -0.58) and Expanded Disability Status Scale (r = -0.60; ρ = -0.69) and a moderate negative correlation between the accelerometer and PS (r=-0.39; ρ= -0.48) indicating that physical activity was associated with reduced neurological impairment and disability. Such findings provide a preliminary basis for using an accelerometer and the SI and PS as outcome measures in large-scale prospective and experimental examinations of the effect of physical activity behavior on disability and dependence in MS.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease|
|State||Published - Jun 2008|
- Multiple sclerosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health