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Telehealth-Based Exercise Program to Treat Fatigue in MS (MS-FIT)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2010
Last updated: January 10, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
This is a clinical trial examining a brief motivational intervention to improve adherence to exercise among individuals with MS to improve fatigue.

Condition Intervention
Multiple Sclerosis
Behavioral: Brief telephone-based counseling
Other: Education counseling

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Telehealth-Based Exercise Program to Treat Fatigue in MS

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fatigue [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
    Modified Fatigue Inventory Scale (MFIS) at baseline, 3-month, 6-month MFIS consisted of 21 items, ranging from 0 (never) to 4 (almost always). The total score was 0 to 84.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]

    Depression Module of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). 9-item self-report instrument designed to identify depressive symptoms consistent with criteria for major depressive episode in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. Each item is rated over the last 2 weeks: 0 (not at all), 1 (several days), 2 (more than half the days), or 3 (nearly every day).

    Total Score for 9 items = 27.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity (Behavioral Target) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
    First item of the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ). GLTEQ asks participants to indicated the number of days per week they engaged in strenuous (e.g., running), moderate (e.g., easy bicycling), and mild (e.g., easy walking) exercise activities for periods of 15 min or more. Total weekly frequency is then calculated using an algorithm that multiplies the frequency of activities by 9 (strenuous), 5 (moderate), or 3 (mild) metabolic equivalents and sums each to produce a total level of physical activity in MET/min per week.

Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2016
Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Brief telephone-based counseling
Telephone based counseling and instructional video
Behavioral: Brief telephone-based counseling
Brief telephone-based counseling using Motivational Interviewing and physical activity goal setting and problem solving
Placebo Comparator: Education Counseling
Mailed Physical Activity information and instructional video only
Other: Education counseling
Mailed informational video of exercise programs

Detailed Description:
This is a 2-arm single blind parallel group RCT comparing a brief telephone based motivational intervention to an informational control to improve adherence to exercise among individuals with MS. The primary outcome is improvement in fatigue.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Veteran receiving services in VA VISN 20
  • Fatigue
  • Ability to ambulate
  • cell phone or Household phone line
  • Individual with multiple sclerosis verified by MS provider
  • ambulatory

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current alcohol dependence or other substance dependence
  • No working phone
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01198977

United States, Washington
VA Puget Sound Health Care System Seattle Division, Seattle, WA
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98108
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Principal Investigator: Aaron P Turner, PhD VA Puget Sound Health Care System Seattle Division, Seattle, WA
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT01198977     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B4972-W
Study First Received: September 8, 2010
Results First Received: August 9, 2016
Last Updated: January 10, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
multiple sclerosis
motivational interviewing
physical activity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 28, 2017