Falls and MS

Causes, attributions and intervention needs

It is known that more than 50% of people with MS experience a fall within a 6 month period. However, there are currently only a few treatments to prevent or reduce falls for people with MS. Dr Susan Coote, who leads this research, is part of an International MS Falls Prevention Research network that will develop a falls prevention programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis. We want to find out about your MS, your falls and what you would like to be included in a falls prevention programme. This will help us to make sure that the programme is based on the needs of the people who will take part in it.

Who can participate?

People with MS (over 18 years of age) who can walk at least 10 metres with or without an aid and have experienced a fall within the last 3 months can take part in this study.

What will I have to do?

You will be taking part in a one to one telephone interview with a researcher from the University of Limerick. The interview will last between 25-30 minutes. Questions will include simple yes/no questions, multiple choice, open questions and others will be based on a scale. Although it is not necessary for you to be at home, it is advised that you choose a quiet and private place to conduct the interview. The interview will not be recorded; the student will fill in your responses on a data entry sheet throughout the interview. You are not required to answer any questions that you don’t want to and you may withdraw from the study at any stage.

What do I do now?

If you would like to take part in this study please contact the research team:

Dr. Susan Coote Tel: 061-234278 Email: susan.coote@ul.ie 

Laura Comber Email: laura.comber@ul.ie