Identifying physical activity information needs and preferred methods of delivery of people with multiple sclerosis.

Research paper by Shane N SN Sweet, Marie-Josée MJ Perrier, Christine C Podzyhun, Amy E AE Latimer-Cheung

Indexed on: 15 Jun '13Published on: 15 Jun '13Published in: Disability and rehabilitation


The purpose of this study was to examine the preferred sources and methods for acquiring physical activity information of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) using the Comprehensive Model of Information Seeking. A secondary objective was to explore the barriers and facilitators to physical activity information seeking.Twenty-one participants diagnosed with MS participated in focus groups or telephone interviews.A direct content analysis of the transcripts revealed that individuals appeared to generally prefer receiving physical activity information during period of relapse and remission. Participants also had positive beliefs toward physical activity and a clear preference for a time when physical activity messages would be relevant. Receiving physical activity information from credible sources such as the MS Society of Canada, healthcare professionals and peers with MS was also deemed important. The Internet was a preferred source to receive information due to its accessibility, but it often was considered to lack credibility. The lack of physical activity information specific to MS is the greatest barrier for individuals with MS to learn about physical activity.Healthcare professionals, National MS Societies, and peers should work together to deliver specific and relevant physical activity messages the MS population.People with MS want more physical activity information from credible sources. Multiple vehicles of physical activity information delivery (i.e. healthcare providers, peers, MS Society) should be utilized. Physical activity information should be tailored to the individual with MS.