266095 Developing a novel telephone delivered self-management intervention for multiple sclerosis

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:35 AM - 8:53 AM

Jamie Wazenkewitz, MSW, MPH , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Aimee Verrall, MPH , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Angela Garza, MSW , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Amanda E. Smith, BS , Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Dawn Ehde, PhD , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Background: Self-management interventions have been effective in increasing symptom management and self-efficacy in several chronic diseases populations (e.g. diabetes, arthritis), but are just beginning to be applied to multiple sclerosis (MS). There are often barriers to accessing in-person psychosocial services, including lack of transportation or distance from providers. “Take Charge of Your MS” is an individually tailored telephone-delivered self-management intervention developed to address these challenges. Methods: Take Charge is a randomized controlled trail aimed at reducing the occurrence and impact of fatigue, depression, and pain, as well as building self-efficacy for managing the multiple effects of MS. Development of this project included utilizing MS consumer focus group input, piloting, and adapting key concepts from other self-management and CBT interventions, to develop an 8-session telephone-based intervention complete with comprehensive participant workbooks. Each session focuses on key concepts of self-management: self-monitoring, goal-setting, problem solving, energy management, thought management, emotional regulation, and relaxation techniques. Participants learn and rehearse new skills as well as how to tailor them to their unique life situations. Skill-based homework is required between sessions. Results: The study is still in progress. Early feedback from participants includes positive reception to the program, good adherence to homework skills practice, reports of integration of skills into daily routines, and continued skills use after completion of the program. Conclusion: It is feasible to adapt existing self-management and cognitive behavioral interventions to address the multiple symptoms of MS. Results of the RCT will be important for determining the efficacy of this approach.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the self-management elements utilized in the creation of a self-management intervention for Multiple Sclerosis. 2. Describe the strategies implemented into this self-management program to make it accessible to participants with barriers to access to psychosocial services.

Keywords: Self-Management, Chronic Illness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as a research therapist for this randomized controlled trial for which I co-developed a self-management intervention for symptom management in Multiple Sclerosis.I am an also an investigator on another study reviewing the literature on self-management in Multiple Sclerosis. My background is in public health and social work with an interest in applying psychosocial interventions to chronic health conditions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.