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Protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled feasibility study of MS WorkSmart: An online intervention for Australians with MS who are employed.

Van Der Mei, I., Thomas, S., Shapland, S., Laslett, L.L., Taylor, B.V., Huglo, A. and Honan, C., 2024. Protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled feasibility study of MS WorkSmart: An online intervention for Australians with MS who are employed. BMJ Open, 14 (5), e079644.

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DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-079644


Introduction Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes a wide variety of symptoms. Loss of income due to sickness and early retirement comprise one-third of the total cost of MS in Australia. An intervention that maximises work productivity and keeps people with MS in the workforce for longer could provide a large societal cost saving and improve quality of life. The aim is to test the feasibility of delivering and evaluating a 10-week digitally delivered intervention called € MS WorkSmart'. Findings will provide insights into participant profiles and address key methodological and procedural uncertainties (recruitment, retention, intervention adherence and engagement, and selection of primary outcome) in preparation for a subsequent definitive trial. Methods and analysis A parallel-arm randomised controlled feasibility study, comparing those randomised to receive the MS WorkSmart package plus usual care (n=20) to those receiving usual care only (n=20). Australians with MS, aged 18-60 years, who are employed, and self-report work instability will be recruited from the Australian MS Longitudinal Study. Online surveys, at baseline and 1-month postintervention, will include MS-related work productivity loss and risk of job loss, MS work behaviour self-efficacy, health-related quality of life, fatigue severity, MS symptom impact on work, intention to retire due to MS, MS-related work difficulties, and awareness and readiness for change at work. Qualitative feedback will be obtained via a semistructured survey following the intervention (for participants) and via interviews (coaches). Analyses will be primarily descriptive and focus on the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention and study procedures. Progression criteria will guide decisions around whether to progress to a full trial. Ethics and dissemination The study has been approved by the University of Tasmania Human Research Ethics Committee (H0024544). Findings will be disseminated via publication in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations and community presentations. Trial registration number ACTRN12622000826741.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:feasibility studies;multiple sclerosis;randomized controlled trial;Humans;Multiple Sclerosis;Australia;Feasibility Studies;Adult;Quality of Life;Middle Aged;Employment;Female;Male;Adolescent;Young Adult;Pragmatic Clinical Trials as Topic;Internet-Based Intervention;Efficiency;Australasian People
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:40039
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Jun 2024 14:39
Last Modified:14 Jun 2024 14:39


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