Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial
e-Mobile Tablet for People With Chronic Conditions
Maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in routine physical activity may help decrease severity of symptoms, prevent secondary conditions, and slow functional decline in people with disabling neuromusculoskeletal conditions. However, people with these conditions face many health barriers to engaging in healthy behaviors. With the advent of portable technologies, such as smart phones, tablets and PDAs, there is a need to explore whether these technologies can help people with disabling conditions to stay motivated and overcome barriers to engaging in healthy behaviors.
The overarching goal of this mixed methods, comparative effectiveness randomized controlled pilot study is to evaluate whether goal setting, self-monitoring, and barrier management using a computer tablet can increase physical activity behavior, improve nutritional habits, and promote health-related quality of life in people with disabling neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Our hypothesis is that, in comparison to the standard care contact control group, participants in both the tablet group and the paper and pencil group will yield significant improvements in healthy behaviors,with the tablet group yielding significantly larger increases.
Physician-confirmed diagnosis of a neuro-musculoskeletal condition or disease of the nerves, muscles, and/or bones that results in functional limitations
Physician consent to engage in home exercise/physical activity program
Regularly inactive (i.e., engaging in 90 minutes or less of purposeful physical activity each week)
Scoring ≤17 mental composite and ≤16 physical composite on the Global Health Questionnaire.
Have internet access (i.e., home, library or other WiFi location)
If the only disabling condition reported is not considered a neuro-musculoskeletal disease
Have hand-motor function impairments that would limit use of the tablet
Often engage in healthy eating habits
Are frequent fallers (i.e., more than 3 falls per month)
Have a diagnoses of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, serious mental health disorder, chronic heart failure, myocardial infarction, and other unstable/severe cardiovascular conditions, and uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (e.g., admission to the hospital within the past 6 months for uncontrolled diabetes)
Have severe cognitive deficits
Reports consistently tracking and monitoring health behaviors
Unable to effectively use the tablet technology during the pre-intervention usability demonstration
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Cleveland Ohio, 44106, United States
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