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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Physical activity and quality of life in multiple sclerosis

Source: MSIF
January 2009

Physical activity and quality of life in multiple sclerosis:
intermediary roles of disability, fatigue, mood, pain, self-efficacy and social support

summary: The authors studied whether there was an association between physical activity and quality of life in people with MS. They found that people who were more active had lower disability, depression, fatigue and pain.

authors: Motl RW, McAuley E, Snook EM, Gliottoni RC

source: Psychol Health Med. 2009 Jan;14(1):111-24 -pubmed

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA.

Physical activity has been associated with a small improvement in quality of life (QOL) among those with multiple sclerosis (MS). This relationship may be indirect and operate through factors such as disability, fatigue, mood, pain, self-efficacy and social support.

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1 comment:

Mary E. said...

Although I'm a fitness freak & proponent of exercise (virtually regardless of disability level)...

I was surprised that summaries of this research were not explicit about the possibility that people with greater levels of disability, depression, etc., were less *able* to be physically active, hence the observed correlation between disability level & amount of physical activity. So, we cannot conclude causality from the research, or that more activity decreases disability, and so forth.
(However, there is plenty of other research that demonstrates the value of exercise for MSers, and non-MSers.)