FAM Study: Fatigue in multiple sclerosis

A majority of patients with multiple sclerosis suffer from overwhelming tiredness, also referred to as fatigue. So far there is no effective evidence-based therapy to treat Fatigue Syndrome. The FAM-Study investigated two non-pharmaceutical procedures – acupuncture and mindfulness training (MBSR) - for whether they are suitable therapy options for fatigue.

Patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis suffering from fatigue for at least 3 months could take part in the trial. Participants should have been aged 18 to 65 years. They had to be able to walk without assistance. The therapy of multiple sclerosis and of fatigue must have been stable three months before study inclusion. The trail were conducted at the NCRC in Berlin.

Study Director: Prof. Dr. med. Friedemann Paul (AG Neuroimmunologie, NCRC, ECRC)  and Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Witt (Institut für Sozialmedizin, Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsökonomie, Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

Course of the study: 04/2013 - 11/2015

This study is registered in the database clinicaltrials.gov (NCT01864707).