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Researchers launch smartphone app for MSers

New Zealand researchers have created a smartphone app that could help thousands of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The app, MS Energise, supports the management of MS fatigue using an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. CBT approaches for MS fatigue have been developed, trialled in controlled studies, and found effective in MS fatigue by the academic health researchers who developed the app.

Studies report that up to 97% of people with MS experience severe fatigue affecting all spheres of their lives. MS Energise developed by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Bournemouth University is a cost-effective, clinically proven therapeutic programme to assist people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to self-manage their fatigue.

MS Energise draws on concepts from controlled research trials that the researchers have conducted on fatigue management in MS. The app is designed to be accessible for users with physical impairments, such as through minimising the need to scroll content. It offers individualised CBT intervention using evidence-based algorithms and contains illustrations, activities and progress summaries to keep content engaging and motivating.

MS affects some 2.5 million people globally. Having just been made available via the New Zealand iTunes App store, the team is now looking to roll it out across the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and other English speaking countries.

For more information about the MS Energise app, visit www.msenergise.com/, where you can sign up for regular updates.

Source: MS-UK

Date: 08/09/17

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