Relaxation and health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis: the example of autogenic training

J Behav Med. 2005 Jun;28(3):249-56. doi: 10.1007/s10865-005-4661-2.


This study was a pilot project to explore the effect of an autogenic training program (AT; a relaxation intervention) on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and well-being for people with multiple sclerosis. Participants either met weekly for sessions in AT for 10 weeks (n = 11) or were assigned to the control group (n = 11). The AT group was also asked to practice the technique daily at home. Scales designed to measure HRQOL and aspects of well-being (mood and depressed affect) were taken preintervention and at week 8 of the 10-week program. ANCOVAs using a measure of social support and pretest scores as covariates revealed that at the posttest the AT group reported more energy and vigor than the control group and were less limited in their roles due to physical and emotional problems. Future research should involve studies conducted over an extended period, together with sufficiently sized samples to explore the effect of frequency of practice of relaxation training on HRQOL and well-being for people with multiple sclerosis.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Autogenic Training*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Sclerosis / psychology
  • Multiple Sclerosis / therapy*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Relaxation Therapy*