A More Livable Life Now: Rehabilitation Research Looks to High-TouchBy Davis, Winston; ATA Resources Library, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 46-48
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Publication Date: June/July 2007
Article focuses on several studies on multiple sclerosis (MS) interventions conducted by researchers at the University of Washington MS Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Seattle. The studies focus on interventions such as motivational interviewing by telephone, exercise, and hypnosis for helping clients to deal with pain. A study is also discussed that deals with cost-effective ways to distribute and teach the use of assistive technology (AT), as one researcher points out that unaffordable or unused technology yields absolutely no benefit for people with MS. The motivational interviews were found to help people make good choices about using AT, which ranges from canes to computers to vehicle modifications. A collaboration of a team of MS rehab specialists on a series of studies on low-tech, high-touch therapy is also discussed, as the researchers hope this will help people stick to exercise programs and possibly increase job retention.
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