Offering emotional support to Multiple Sclerosis sufferers through group therapy sessions could improve their quality of life and save the NHS almost 500 pounds per patient, says a new study at The University of Nottingham.
The researchers are now planning a larger multi-centre study into the issue to establish whether psychological therapy should be incorporated into the MS services currently provided by the NHS.
Professor Nadina Lincoln, of the University's Institute of Work, Health and Organisations, led the study.
"These are very encouraging findings as many people with MS have problems with depression and anxiety and there are few treatments provided in NHS clinical services to address these. It is important that the psychological effects of MS are fully recognised as they can have a devastating effect on people's lives," said Lincoln.