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JS and AL are full-time employees of the University of Southern Denmark. The Danish Multiple Sclerosis Society has provided an unrestricted grant to the University as financial support for their involvement in this study. BL, MN, PVR and FB are employees of the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Hospitals and have managerial and clinical responsibility for providing the personalized rehabilitation services. JB is a member of the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Society’s management board, Chairman of the Society’s Health committee and member of the Sclerosis Hospitals’ management board.
The authors have jointly developed the protocol during long-term research collaborations. All authors have contributed to all elements of the study design, drafting and commenting of the manuscript. All authors have approved the final manuscript. JS assumes the role as guarantor.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex, chronic and progressive disease and rehabilitation services can provide important support to patients. Few MS rehabilitation programs have been shown to provide health improvements to patients in a cost-effective manner. The objective of this study is to assess the effects in terms of changes measured by a variety of standardized quality of life, mastery, coping, compliance and individual goal-related endpoints. This combination provides the basis for analyzing the complexity of MS and outcomes of a personalized rehabilitation.
Patients with MS referred to hospital rehabilitation services will be randomized to either early admission (within two months) or usual admission (after an average waiting time of eight months). They will complete a battery of standardized health outcome instruments prior to randomization, and again six and twelve months after randomization, and a battery of goal-related outcome measures at admission and discharge, and again one, six and twelve months after randomization.
The results of the study are expected to contribute to further development of MS rehabilitation services and to discussions about the design and content of such services. The results will also provide additional information to health authorities responsible for providing and financing rehabilitation services.
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