Determining who benefits most from cognitive rehabilitation
Lead researcher: Professor Roshan das Nair
Based at: University of Nottingham
Our funding: £78,642
About the projectUp to 70% of people with MS experience cognitive problems. These are difficulties with things like memory, attention and problem-solving. Cognitive rehabilitation is a type of therapy that helps retrain cognitive skills or teach people ways to cope. Some evidence suggests this type of therapy can be helpful, but we don’t know who benefits most from it and who doesn't. And most people aren’t offered any cognitive rehabilitation.
The aim of this study is to work out how to identify people with MS who could benefit from cognitive rehabilitation and provide evidence to show its effectiveness. The researchers will review previous research and run a trial to investigate whether cognitive rehabilitation is effective in a group of people with MS identified as most likely to benefit.
How will it help people with MS?
Cognitive problems can interfere with everyday life and cause distress for people with MS and their families. If the researchers can provide clearer evidence and guidelines for who is likely benefit from cognitive rehabilitation, there's a better chance of it being provided through the NHS. Ultimately, this will help people with MS to manage their cognitive symptoms better.
The difference you can make
We know that cognitive symptoms can have a huge impact on the quality of life for people with MS. Your support will help researchers to identify who could benefit most from cognitive rehabilitation to manage these symptoms better.
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