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Monday, September 29, 2014
Kessler Study Recommends Wellness Program for Multiple Sclerosis
In today’s healthcare environment, it is often not enough that patients are provided with the latest treatments. Good health is not merely the absence of injury or disease, but overall wellness that includes mental, spiritual and social health. A group of investigators from the Kessler Foundationrecently published their findings from a psychoeducational wellness program for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) — an autoimmune neurological disorder that affects between 300,000 and 400,000 Americans and about 2.5 million individuals worldwide.
Out of 54 MS patients, 43 participated in the wellness program. Every week for ten weeks, they participated in 90-minute sessions meant to positively influence their intellectual, spiritual, and emotional well-being. The remaining 11 comprised the study’s control group, but all participants were assessed for depression, perceived stress, anxiety, mental health, pain, presence and quality of social support and reports of fatigue.