The Energy Management Program in Support of Restoration and Renewal for Persons with MS (EMPIRe2): An Initial Evaluation
Objectives: (1) To determine if the EMPIRe2 is acceptable to participants with MS; (2) To determine if there are benefits in participating in the EMPIRe2 for persons with MS; (3) To describe the experience of fatigue among a group of persons with MS.
Methods: A retrospective case series was used. 27 patients with MS completed the EMPIRe2 program. Pre and post measures include the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), the Self-Efficacy for Performing Energy Conservation (SEPESCA) and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). An evaluation tool was completed at the 5th session. The Comprehensive Fatigue Assessment Battery for Person with MS (CFAB-MS) was used to characterize the population. Analysis includes descriptive statistics to characterize the population, parametric statistics to analyze the pre-post intervention trends for client perceived fatigue severity, fatigue management self-efficacy and depression.
Results: Data from the CFAB-MS will allow researchers to accurately describe the characteristics of the MS-related fatigue. Data from pre and post measures will reveal changes in fatigue severity, self-management self-efficacy and depression.
Conclusions: This study adds to the research literature describing the characteristics of MS-related fatigue. It also provides an initial evaluation of a group based, occupation focused intervention to address fatigue and its impact on daily function.