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Take Control of MS Study: A Randomized Trial of Two Formal Group Programs for Multiple Sclerosis

Sponsored/Funded by: Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Grant

This is a multi-site study with 4 VA sites: Seattle; Portland, OR; Gainesville, FL; and Baltimore, MD. It is a randomized single blind controlled parallel treatment trial with two arms. The purpose of this study is to compare two different group education programs for people with MS. We want to determine which program may be better at helping improve quality of life and MS symptoms. Both programs use materials from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). One of the programs is called Fatigue: Take Control. The other program is called MS: Take Control. Participants will be randomized to one of the groups.

Who is being recruited?

  • Over age 18
  • Any type of MS
  • Predominantly ambulatory - able to walk 60 feet without human assistance or architectural support (walls) but with any personal assistive device (cane, crutches, walker)
  • Willing to come to the Seattle VA for 10 study visits over an 11-month period for one baseline visit, six weekly two-hour class sessions with five to eight participants, three follow-up data collection visits
  • Participants will receive compensation to help with travel costs to the Seattle VA

Location of Study:
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Principal Investigators:
Aaron Turner, PhD
Jodie Haselkorn, MD, MPH

Contact Information:
Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
Study Coordinator

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