Lifestyle factors are known to affect the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). The Multiple Sclerosis Online Course (MSOC) has been developed to deliver a widely accessible and user-friendly educational tool regarding modification of lifestyle related risk factors for people with MS.
The intervention consists of arms:
1. An MS Online intervention course based delivering evidence-based information regarding modifiable lifestyle related risk factors implicated in disease progression
2. An MS Online standard-care course, similar in format and presentation, but containing general information sourced from standard MS websites.
Having conducted a feasibility study, (ACTRN12621000245897) the purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of the intervention course compared with the standard-care arm in a larger randomised controlled trial.
The study hypothesis is that undertaking an MS Online Course delivering evidence-based information regarding the modification of lifestyle related risk factors will lead to changed behaviours and improved health outcomes for people with MS.
What will participants be asked to do?
· Complete a baseline survey related to life and health online
· Complete a FREE 6-week MS online course related to diet, exercise, sunlight and vitamin D, stress reduction and other information about MS.
· Complete an online survey related to life and health at 6-months, 1 year and 2.5 years after completing the online course.
· May be invited to participate in a phone or internet interview about experience of the online course (with option to decline)
Eligible participants must:
· Be able to read, write, and speak English
· Be 18 years old or over
· Have a confirmed diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS (by a)
· Be able to access the internet and be able to view sessions
Asso. Prof. Sandra Neate
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Level 3, 207 Bouverie Street Carlton
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010