Over the past 7 years we have been trialing the clinical application of the MS Get a Head start program with several different delivery settings. For example group settings compared to 1:1 and hydrotherapy based compared to land. Although the setting has changed, the results have continued to show significant improvements in physical and self assessed outcome measures.
However I was unsure if the same level of improvement could be achieved for those receiving the six week MS GHS program purely online. With obvious limitations to online delivery in regards to the physical application of the program we had to make a few changes. The program is essential the same, however instead of the therapist leading x2 face to face sessions, the participant is emailed a detailed exercise program that they complete self directed either at home, in the gym or local pool. The participant then receives a 1 hour online video conferencing session each week to discuss the educational component of that week as well as problem solve any issues with the planned exercise program or questions they have in general.
The focus of the program is still significantly aimed at changing exercise health behavior and increasing self efficacy in their overall management of Multiple Sclerosis.
To our delight (but not surprising) our first participants of the fully online version of MSGHS exceed our expectations and shot their results out of the water. Here are the results that our first participants achieved and what she had to say about the program.