Support Group Participation: Effect on Perceptions of Newly Diagnosed MS Patients
Objectives: The purpose of this qualitative pilot study will be to explore perceptions of patients newly diagnosed with MS before and after their participation in two monthly support group sessions.
Methods: A support group will be conducted each month utilizing nursing, pharmacy, and social work professionals. Patients will be invited to participate. They will be asked to complete a survey with open-ended questions to share their thoughts about their diagnosis and how it may affect their lives. After participating in two sessions, they will be asked to complete the survey again.
Results: The data will be analyzed using thematic analysis.
Conclusions: It is anticipated that this pilot study will reveal that participation in a support group improves perceptions for newly diagnosed patients about MS and will pave the way for a larger study to explore the benefit of this intervention.