Tell me what you want?

Epub ahead of print
Hale et al. “Tell me what you want, what you really really want….”: asking people with multiple sclerosis about enhancing their participation in physical activity. Disabil Rehabil. 2012 Apr 5. 

Purpose: This paper provides a review of research that emphasizes the importance of listening to the people whom health professionals serve when promoting participation and engagement in rehabilitation. We report on the development of an approach aiming to optimize long-term adherence in physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). This approach was very different to those based on current evidence-based exercise recommendations, although the objectives for both approaches were similar. 

Key message: We argue that only by ensuring that people living with chronic disability not only have a voice but a voice that is listened to, can health professionals truly engage in evidenced-based practice that works in application and meets the needs, desires and capabilities of people with MS and other chronic health conditions.

“This abstract is self-explanatory and is an example of the breadth of ideas that underpin MS-related research.”

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