Publication: An eight-week RCT of home-based pilates for symptoms of anxiety, depression, & fatigue among people with MS: Study protocol

Research Impact: Evidence supports benefits of exercise, primarily traditional exercise modes, for mental health among people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS); however, less is known about non-traditional modes like Pilates. Clinical trials should be underpinned by a documented protocol, detailing rationale, methods, organisation and ethical considerations of the proposed study, consequently facilitating efficacious conduct, reporting and review. Thus, this publication provides comprehensive details of the study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with the primary aim to quantify the effects of eight-weeks of twice-weekly home-based Pilates compared to a wait-list control on symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue among PwMS with minimal disability.

Fleming KM, Coote SB, Herring MP (2020). ‘An eight-week randomized controlled trial of home-based Pilates for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue among people with MS with minimal-to-mild mobility disability: study protocol’, Mental Health and Physical Activity, 19, 100341.  DOI: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2020.100341

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