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Research Article  |   January 2007
Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Energy Conservation Strategies for Managing Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue
Author Affiliations
  • Kathleen Matuska, MPH, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105; kmatuska@stkate.edu
  • Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT(C), OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Article Information
Multiple Sclerosis / Neurologic Conditions / Original Articles
Research Article   |   January 2007
Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Energy Conservation Strategies for Managing Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2007, Vol. 61, 62-69. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.1.62
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2007, Vol. 61, 62-69. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.1.62
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. This study describes the use and perceived effectiveness of energy conservation strategies by persons with multiple sclerosis after participation in an energy conservation course.

METHOD. One hundred twenty-three participants completed a survey about their use of energy conservation strategies.

RESULTS. All strategies were newly used by at least 50% of the participants and rated as effective. Strategies that involved rest and delegation were used most and rated most effective, followed by modifying priorities and standards. The most common reason for not implementing strategies was that participants were already using them.

CONCLUSION. Persons with multiple sclerosis who participated in an energy conservation course implemented a number of new energy conservation strategies and reported them as effective.