Clinical Trials

Developing an intervention to promote physical activity engagement for people with MS living in rural settings: a feasibility study

Type of Study/Intervention

Allied Health

Recruitment Status


Form of MS

Relapsing remitting MS, Secondary progressive MS, Primary progressive MS

Brief summary

This study aims to increase physical activity in people with MS living in rural settings. According to the Transtheoretical Theory (Hayden 2014), behaviour change is a process that occurs in stages. Therefore, the Web-Based Physio (WBP) intervention may help the person to progress from the precontemplation or contemplation stages to the action stage (in other words get the person started in an exercise programme in their homes). This intervention can then be followed with the Blue Prescription intervention which might encourage the person to move through the Action stage to the Maintenance stage.

This feasibility study will be a wait list randomised mixed method design. Twenty participants will be recruited and will be divided into two groups, experimental and control. Each participant in the experimental group will receive the WBP intervention for 12 weeks followed by the BP intervention for 12 weeks. Participants will be assessed at baseline, after the first 12 weeks and after the second 12 weeks. One follow-up evaluation will be conducted at 6 months after the combined intervention. People in the control group will wait for six months and then commence the interventions

Inclusion criteria

A diagnosis of MS of any type, aged 18-85 years, presenting with a moderate to high level of disability based on EDSS scale. Participants will be required to have computer and internet access (compatible with Zoom and the WBP) and have basic computer skills (or have a person who can help them to use a computer). Participants will live in a rural area as determined by their residential postal address.

Exclusion criteria

Current or recent disease relapse (< 3 months), currently participating in regular exercise or physical activity programmes, receiving regular rehabilitation or participating in other clinical trials, and the presence of co-morbidities, such as cardiac, orthopaedic or neurological conditions that prevent them from taking part in physical activity. The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) will be administered to assess the latter criteria and any positive answer in participant’s PARQ will check with their GPs to omit any potential harm.

Recruitment contacts

Mr Bahram Sangelaji
School of physiotherapy, University of Otago
325 Great King St
Dunedin Central, 9016
New Zealand

Further details

Full details of the trial can be found on the ANZCTR clinical trials database



Trial number


Ethics Approval


Last updated

19 Nov 2020

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