The primary focus of Dr. Turner's research has been examining ways to encourage individuals with MS to be active participants in the process of managing their chronic illness. This process of self-management, includes navigating the psychosocial and physical symptoms of MS, effectively partnering with health care providers to engage and sustain treatments, supporting ongoing health promotion, and generally learning to live well with MS over time.
In several studies, Dr. Turner has investigated areas that Veterans can target to promote their own health and wellness.
Providers can help. Brief screening and advice to reduce or refrain from alcohol use can be accomplished in as little as 5 minutes and can be incorporated into the regular course of medical care.
Exercise in veterans with MS is uncommon. In the context of chronic illness care, the identification of exercise patterns and promotion of physical activity may represent an important opportunity to improve mental health and quality of life among people with MS.
Similarly, Dr. Turner has investigated psychosocial factors associated with adherence to MS Disease Modifying Therapies. The end goal of this program of research is to develop and test interventions that improve self-management in MS.