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ECTRIMS - Paper “Impact of COVID-19 on multiple sclerosis care and management”

Dear Sir, Dear Madam,

The Special Interest Group Mobility of the Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) network is launching an international survey study in order to understand the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and physiotherapy practices. The study focuses on perspectives from both physiotherapists and from people with multiple sclerosis. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and the links can be found below in several different languages (separate surveys for people with MS and for physical therapists).

Can we kindly ask you to complete the survey and/or share the invitations (including links) below?

  • with your network of physical therapists working with people
  • with multiple sclerosis with people with multiple sclerosis

More information about the aims of the study is found on the first page of the link.

Thank you for your contribution in advance.

Kind regards,
Prof. Daphne Kos
On behalf of collaborating partners
Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS - www.eurims.org)

RIMS survey on impact of COVID pandemic on physical activity and physical therapy practice

During the COVID-19 pandemic we all had to change our habits. To explore changes in physical activity of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and changes in physical therapy services for people with MS (access, type of treatment, delivery mode, practical, etc) during the COVID pandemic, the RIMS (Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis) network initiated this survey study.

The study involves a survey on the experiences of people with MS with physical activity participation (physiotherapy, exercise and/or leisure activities) both before the COVID pandemic and in current times.

Besides, the study involves a short survey on the experiences of physical therapists about the delivery of their physiotherapy practice both before the COVID pandemic and in current times.

The study includes a mixture of both closed and open-ended questions, and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. There are separate survey links for people with MS and therapists.

Thank you for participating!

Thanks to the support of our community, RIMS was able to organize several activities in 2020. Read all about it in our RIMS Annual Report 2020!

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Registrations & Abstract submissions are open!

Dear RIMS community,

We are glad to announce that the registrations and abstract submissions for the 26th Annual RIMS Conference are now open.
The topic “Transforming Rehabilitation in MS through Collective Learning: Maximising Stakeholder Engagement”, is already paving the way to a top-notch scientific programme, and will focus on the following 3 areas: Neuro-biological Effect of Rehabilitation, Digital Health and Impact on COVID-19.
This digital edition will offer you a varied programme of interesting lectures, panel discussions, abstract presentations and poster sessions. On Saturday afternoon you can follow one of our Special Interest Groups meetings.
Join us virtually from November 26th - 27th and mark the upcoming deadlines in your agenda:

  • September 1, 2021: Abstract submission deadline
  • September 28, 2021: Early bird deadline

RIMS members can benefit from a reduced registration fee. RIMS center members can register 6 delegates at a reduced fee. Have a look at the advantages here and become a RIMS member now! More information on the 26th Annual Conference can be found on our website: www.rims-annualconference.org/Digital2021

As an independent scientific association, we do count on the support of our members and trust that you will once again become part of our community. Also in 2021, your contribution is more than ever invaluable in ensuring that we can bring consistent and relevant content, broaden our expertise and share knowledge together.

Let’s strengthen forces again and invest together in high quality associations providing evidence based content!

Have a look at the procedure on how to renew your membership for 2021 to make sure you can take advantage of the RIMS Membership benefits!

How to renew my membership

The RIMS special issue in the International Journal of MS Care is now available online. Have a look here!

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