Is specialist rehabilitation economically as well as socially beneficial?

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Dr Wei Gao

King's College London


About the project

We know that specialist rehabilitation can support people with MS to manage their MS and improve their quality of life. We believe that it's a beneficial and cost effective service, but we need more evidence before we can call for it to be made more widely available. Our researchers will outline the benefits of specialist rehabilitation by reviewing records of inpatient services in the UK between 2010 and 2015. They will look at which rehabilitation programmes work best for different symptoms, and compare the length and intensity of therapy with the physical benefits achieved.

They will use this knowledge to develop an emotional support programme. Our researchers will work with people with MS, carers, our volunteers and health professionals to ensure the programme meets the needs of people with MS and is delivered in the best way. Researchers will then test the benefits of the programme in a randomised controlled trial.

How will it help people with MS?

To make sure everyone living with MS has access to the right services and support, we need to know what rehabilitation programmes work best for different symptoms. By showing that specialist rehabilitation helps people with MS to live better and saves money in the long term we can call for these services to be more widely available for.


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