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Monday, 4 July 2011

How group work can help

A recent study, funded by the MS Society, found that many people with MS have problems with depression and anxiety. Previous studies have suggested that depression in MS can lead to patients failing to take their medication and a reduced quality of life.

But there is hope as researchers found that MS sufferers who attended group sessions had fewer problems with anxiety and depression and the impact of the disease on their daily lives was reduced.

The researchers also found that costs were reduced by £470 per patient for those who attended the therapy sessions compared with usual care. It was shown to almost halve the cost of visits to the GP, falling from £11,340 at the start of the study to just £5,832 at the eight month follow up. The costs of outpatient hospital visits were also slashed from £32,592 at the beginning of the study to £21,534 at the eight-month follow-up.

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