Researchers studying methods of exercise delivery and the effects on people living with multiple sclerosis have been awarded $5.7 million in funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
The research represents a collaboration between Robert Motl, PhD, a professor at the UAB School of Health Professions and Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, director of Multiple Sclerosis Research at Shepherd Center. Gary Cutter, PhD, professor of biostatistics at UAB, will run the project's data analysis core.
The study will evaluate the effectiveness of different types of exercise programs for people with multiple sclerosis. The project will compare exercise programs provided at gyms or rehabilitation facilities with a telerehabilitation program available to patients at home. The goal is to increase the accessibility and sustainability of exercise options for people with MS.
In addition to being co-principal investigator of the study, Motl developed the exercise program being implemented in the study.
"The exercise program itself was developed based on 15 years of research on exercise in persons living with MS, and has been optimized for maximizing compliance and adaptations," Motl said.