Complementary and Alternative Care in Multiple Sclerosis (CAM Care in MS)
This is a prospective, observational study designed to describe disease progression, symptom change, quality of life, diet and lifestyle habits, and frequency of adverse events among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In addition to describing the patterns of CAM use, this study will also identify and describe the positive deviants, those individuals with the highest quality of life and least amount of disease activity. Positive deviants will be compared to controls in order to describe medication, diet, and lifestyle patterns associated with a lack of MS disease progression and high quality of life.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Multiple Sclerosis. A Prospective Observational Study of a CAM-using Cohort|
- "CAM Therapies" survey [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This survey has been developed to identify the complementary and alternative therapies most commonly used by individuals with MS. Results will be reported with descriptive statistics.
- Modified Expanded Disability Severity Score (EDSS) [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The EDSS will be used to capture disease severity and rates of progression in this cohort.
- PROMIS: Global Health [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This outcome measure will be used to assess general health and well-being in this CAM using cohort.
|Study Start Date:||June 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Individuals with MS
Individuals who are using CAM therapies adjunctively or in lieu of conventional therapy (including, but not limited to, special diets, exercise, meditation, prayer, support groups, herbal therapies, counseling, etc.)
|United States, Washington|
|Bastyr University Clinical Research Center||Recruiting|
|Kenmore, Washington, United States, 98028|
|Contact: Laurie K Mischley, ND 425-602-3306 email@example.com|
|Contact: Marco F Vespignani, ND 425-602-3309 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Laurie K Mischley, ND|
|Sub-Investigator: Marco F Vespignani, ND|
|Principal Investigator:||Laurie K Mischley, ND||Bastyr University|