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Way Ahead Volume 15 Part 2 (April 2011)

No decision about me without me - a return to the land called PeoplePower?

Nicola Russell, Director of Services, MS Trust

Editorial which looks at the potential for shared decision making to improve health outcomes, improve patient satisfaction and save costs.

A question of quality? Raising the Information Standard

Alice Hamilton, Information Officer, MS Trust

Branding evidence based health information for the public is not a new idea. Everyone recognises that the internet has improved access, but made it more difficult to evaluate good quality evidence based information amongst the plethora of individual stories and personal opinions. This article introduces the Information Standard, the new Department of Health approved quality mark for accredited evidence based information.

Development of the MS Work Toolkit

Gail Townsend, Occupational Therapist, Buckinghamshire PCT

This article looks at the development of an MS Work Toolkit which grew out of an earlier project looking at MS and employment.

Abdominal massage to treat constipation in people with multiple sclerosis

Doreen McClurg, Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow

In recent years abdominal massage for the treatment of constipation has undergone a revival in clinical practice. However, until recently the evidence base for this treatment has been based on small studies. Constipation is more prevalent in people with MS than the general population. This article reports on an MS Trust funded project to determine whether it is feasible to use abdominal massage in people with MS and constipation.

Using the HeartMath technique to reduce stress in people with MS

Miranda Olding, MS Specialist Nurse, Bedford MS Therapy Centre, Bedford

The HeartMath technique is a simple breathing and positive emotion technique, which needs no equipment or lengthy training to practise and master. This article looks at using the technique to reduce stress in a group of 20 people with MS.


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