This study evaluates the effectiveness of personalized physical activity coaching combined
with the use of a physical activity monitor to support increased levels of daily physical
activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis. All five participants will receive the
intervention over the four week intervention phase.
Individuals with multiple sclerosis engage in less daily physical activity than the general
population for a variety of reasons. This research project is intended to evaluate whether
individualized coaching combined with the use of a Fitbit physical activity wristband
monitor will improve physical activity levels in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
Following admission into the study, participants will be visited once a week for four weeks
at home by a physical therapist. The participants in consultation with the physical
therapist will set daily physical activity goals for the following week and the participants
will be taught how to monitor their daily activity using a Fitbit physical activity
The goals of this study are to determine whether this intervention is effective in helping
participants increase their levels of daily physical activity and their confidence that they
can successfully engage in daily physical activity. In addition, there will be an evaluation
of changes from pre-intervention to post-intervention in quality of life measures.
- must have a physician diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and deemed suitable for
engaging in a physical activity program by their physician
- must be ambulatory with or without an assistive device
- must be able to speak and read English
- must have a home computer or device capable of tracking and recording the daily
Fitbit physical activity reports
- participants will be excluded if any contraindications to engaging in independent
exercise are identified during the intake examination by the physical therapist:
cardiovascular issues or safety issues with walking.