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Evaluating the impact of the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis online course on participant MS knowledge, health literacy, resilience, self-efficacy, quality of life, and MS symptom severity

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Bessing, B and van der Mei, I and Taylor, BV and Honan, CA and Blizzard, L and Claflin, SB, Evaluating the impact of the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis online course on participant MS knowledge, health literacy, resilience, self-efficacy, quality of life, and MS symptom severity, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 60 pp. 1-9. ISSN 2211-0356 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.msard.2022.103717

Abstract

Background: Little is known about the impact of online health education on multiple sclerosis (MS)-related knowledge and other health outcomes in the MS community.

Objectives: To estimate the impact of participating in a massive open online course (MOOC) about MS on course completer MS-related knowledge, health literacy (HL), self-efficacy, resilience, quality of life, and MS symptom severity.

Methods: In this cohort study, using a single group pre-test/post-test design (n=560), we examined the effects of MOOC participation on MS-related knowledge and other outcomes using a paired t-test. We used regression and structural equation modelling to examine the association between participant characteristics, changes in other outcomes, and changes in MS-related knowledge.

Results: We found significant increases in MS-related knowledge for people living with MS (PwMS) (+2.13 points, p<0.001) and those without MS (+5.16 points, p<0.001), with larger effect sizes for those with higher educational levels. Among PwMS, there were also significant increases in seven HL subscales and self-efficacy, but no increase in resilience, MS symptoms severity or quality of life. Among people without MS, there were increases in two HL subscales and quality of life, but no increase in resilience or self-efficacy. Changes in MS-related knowledge were not associated with sex or changes in other study outcomes.

Conclusions: There was a significant increase in MS-related knowledge, which was unrelated to the changes in the other study outcomes, both for PwMS and for those not living with MS. Outcome-specific health educational interventions may be needed to effect change in other health outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health literacy, MOOCs, Multiple sclerosis, resilence
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bessing, B (Mr Barnabas Bessing)
UTAS Author:van der Mei, I (Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
UTAS Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
UTAS Author:Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Claflin, SB (Dr Suzi Claflin)
ID Code:152535
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-08-20
Last Modified:2022-09-07
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