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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a mobile health application (mHealth app) will result in a decrease in fatigue and an increase in adherence to energy conservation techniques for adults with multiple sclerosis (MS).
METHOD: Using a quantitative, exploratory, pretest and post-test design, we examined the use of the mHealth app, Pace My Day (PMD), by seven participants during one chosen task while incorporating energy conservation strategies for two weeks. Main outcome measures included Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM).
RESULTS: There was a significant decrease in the MFIS scores indicating a decrease in fatigue over the two-week period t(6)=5.75, p=0.001.
CONCLUSION: Use of mHealth apps and energy conservation strategies were found to significantly reduce levels of fatigue and increase self-perceived performance and satisfaction of task execution.
Susan Morris Ph.D., OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Multiple Sclerosis, MS, fatigue, MS-related fatigue, mobile applications, technology, assistive technology, energy conservation
Occupational Therapy | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy
Gamueda, May Anne; Grant, Janie; Ortega, America; and Song, Jordan, "Managing Fatigue with Technology for Individuals with MS" (2017). Student Research Posters. 58.