Rationale and design of the tele-exercise and multiple sclerosis (TEAMS) study: A comparative effectiveness trial between a clinic- and home-based telerehabilitation intervention for adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) living in the deep south

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  • © 2018 Long-term exercise/rehabilitation is an integral component of the continual care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, access to this care, which includes comprehensive exercise/rehabilitation services to people with MS, remains a significant challenge, especially in rural, low-income areas. Telerehabilitation, or what we refer to as teleexercise, can help fill service gaps for underserved MS populations in this region. This pragmatic, cluster randomized controlled effectiveness trial will compare a 12-week, 20 session complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention composed of neurorehabilitative (functional) exercise, yoga and Pilates delivered at home, using pre-loaded tablets and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system technology (TeleCAM), to the same intervention delivered in clinic by a therapist (DirectCAM). Eight hundred and twenty people with MS are being recruited across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Primary self-reported patient-centered health outcomes are: pain, fatigue, quality of life and physical activity. Secondary outcomes include four physical functioning measures: balance, endurance, gait, and strength. Each of these outcomes will be examined by age, race, sex, severity of MS and other demographics to determine if outcomes are beneficial across all groups (i.e., heterogeneity of treatment effect). The project is important to people with MS and/or caregivers because it aims to reduce their barriers to receiving exercise treatment and increases the convenience and appeal of such programs through technology. Clinical Trials.gov Identifier: NCT03117881
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  • Rimmer JH; Thirumalai M; Young HJ; Pekmezi D; Tracy T; Riser E; Mehta T
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  • 186
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  • 71