Miho Asano, Katharine Preissner, Rose Duffy, Maggie Meixell, Marcia Finlayson; Goals Set After Completing a Teleconference-Delivered Program for Managing Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue. Am J Occup Ther 2015;69(3):6903290010p1-6903290010p8. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.015370.
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Setting goals can be a valuable skill to self-manage multiple sclerosis (MS) fatigue. A better understanding of the goals set by people with MS after completing a fatigue management program can assist health care professionals with tailoring interventions for clients. This study aimed to describe the focus of goals set by people with MS after a teleconference-delivered fatigue management program and to evaluate the extent to which participants were able to achieve their goals over time. In total, 485 goals were set by 81 participants. Over a follow-up period, 64 participants rated 284 goals regarding progress made toward goal achievement. Approximately 50% of the rated goals were considered achieved. The most common type of goal achieved was that of instrumental activities of daily living. Short-term goals were more likely to be achieved. This study highlights the need for and importance of promoting and teaching goal-setting skills to people with MS.
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