MS Energise app

A New Zealand-based app to help people with multiple sclerosis cope with fatigue.

MS Energise By AUTEL, in collaboration with AUT University NZ, Bournemouth University, University of Brighton
Features
  • Sleep tracker
  • Activity tracker
  • Education and information
  • Self-help tips and advice

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The usability of the MS Energise app has been field-tested in MS patients in NZ and the UK. Read more about the study and users feedback.

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Cost

Free version has first 2 levels of one of the modules. Pay $18.99 to access all content and features

What does the app do?

MS Energise app uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)–based approaches to help people with multiple sclerosis manage their fatigue. It has 7 modules —thoughts, behaviour, emotions, fatigue, body, world, future. Each module has an education section and self-management tools and techniques. The app gives insight into the way behaviour, thoughts, emotions, bodily factors, and the environment can contribute to fatigue. By improving understanding of the illness and changes in thinking and behaviour, users can better manage their condition. 

For the complete app description, go to iTunes (apple) or the app website and for a detailed review, see Reviews. 
Note: The usability of the MS Energise app has been field-tested in MS patients in NZ and the UK. Read more about the study and users feedback.

PROS CONS 

✔ Based on a proven approach for managing MS (CBT)

✔ University-developed

✔ Is interactive - allows users to record fatigue and energy levels

✔ Easy to use

✘ Only available on iTunes  (App store) — not available for Android devices (Play Store)  

Privacy and security

The app is not password protected. Users do not need to log on. It does not appear to have a privacy policy. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: January 2018
Platform reviewed: Apple
Version: 1.0.2
Download size: 72.5 MB

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This app has been reviewed by other independent websites: ms Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

 References

  1. Babbage DR, Van Kessel K, Drown K, et al MS Energize: Field trial of an app for self-management of fatigue for people with multiple sclerosis. Internet Interv. 2019 Nov 9;18:100291. 
  2. Van Kessel K, Babbage DR, Reay N, et al. Mobile Technology Use by People Experiencing Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue: Survey Methodology. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Feb 28;5(2):e6
  3. Winberg C, Kylberg M, Pettersson C, et al. The Use of Apps for Health in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Stroke - Barriers and Facilitators. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;242:638-641

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Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 18 Jan 2018