Journal article

Experiences of and attitudes to lifestyle modification for the management of multiple sclerosis: A qualitative analysis of free-text survey data

Sandra L Neate, Angela Donald, George A Jelinek, Nupur Nag



BACKGROUND: Growing evidence suggests a role of lifestyle modification in improved health outcomes for people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS); however, perspectives of pwMS who engage in lifestyle modification are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We explored perspectives of pwMS regarding the modification of lifestyle-related risk factors in multiple sclerosis (MS) for disease management to understand attitudes to and experiences of lifestyle modification as part of self-management from a patient perspective. DESIGN: Participants were ≥18 years and English speaking who responded to a free-text open-ended question in the Health Outcomes and Lifestyle In a Sample of pwMS (HOLISM), an international online su..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the generous continuing contribution of HOLISM study participants, and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Charity for funding open access fees. This study was funded by philanthropic gifts from Mr. Wal Pisciotta and anonymous donors. The funders played no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to publish the results.