Researchers at Bournemouth University have been undertaking a programme of research around self-management approaches for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to improve every day quality of life.
MS is a neurological condition, which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. The condition affects the central nervous system and is thought to arise when a person’s immune system isn’t working properly. Symptoms can vary greatly from person-to-person and include fatigue, visual problems or difficulties with walking.
FACETS: Fatigue: Applying Cognitive behavioural and Energy effectiveness Techniques to LifeStyle
Fatigue is the most common symptom of MS and the main reason why people with MS stop working. FACETS is an evidenced-based face-to-face fatigue management group programme for MS developed by researchers from Bournemouth University in collaboration with Poole hospital. FACETS combines cognitive behavioural and energy effectiveness approaches. It is delivered by health care professionals and provides people with MS with tools and strategies to manage their fatigue more effectively and explore different, more helpful ways of thinking about fatigue.
To date, over 200 health care professionals have attended training to enable them to deliver FACETS in their local area and more than 1500 people with MS across the UK have received FACETS. There is significant interest in the programme from a number of international MS groups and universities. Work is currently underway on creating a FACETS digital toolkit to promote quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis.
News Articles about FACETS
BU Briefing – Fatigue management programme for people with multiple sclerosis (12/10/17)
FACETS research featured on MS Society blog (10/03/17)
Two Researchers Investigate FACETS Program to Fight Fatigue in MS (22/04/15)
Successfully managing fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (16/03/15)
Researchers develop effective fatigue management programme (22/05/13)
A second project (Mii-vitaliSe) has explored a home-based intervention to help people gradually increase their levels of physical activity through using the Wii Fit. The trial project saw a number of improvements, including better balance, improved confidence and a reduction in stress. More information can be found here.
News Articles about Mii-vitaliSe
BU Briefing – Mii-vitaliSe: Using Nintendo Wii™ to increase activity levels, vitality and well-being in people with multiple sclerosis (08/03/18)
New research finds Nintendo Wii could help MS symptoms (28/09/17)
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