National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Comprehensive relapse, disease and symptom management over the disease continuum
Management of a complex, highly variable and unpredictable disease like multiple sclerosis is optimized by a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach that encompasses relapse management, disease modification, symptom management, rehabilitation, psychosocial support and wellness (touchNeurology.com: Wellness is a high priority).
Learn how Cheng and colleagues (2010) utilized the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method (RAM) to develop a comprehensive set of quality indicators to measure the quality of healthcare provided to persons with MS.
Review The International Collaborative on Progressive MS's Research Agenda.
More about the continuum of MS care, palliative care in MS.
A team approach benefits healthcare professionals and their patients, whether it occurs in an MS comprehensive care center or through active communication and collaboration among clinicians in the community.
New or significantly worsening neurological deficit (consistent with MS, lasts >24 hours, separated by >30 days from onset of last relapse, is not related to infection, fever or other stresses, and has no other explanation).
The medications that are currently available to treat MS appear to be most effective during the early, inflammatory phase of MS, becoming less potent as the disease transitions to a more neurodegenerative process.
Disease-management therapies reduce disease activity and slow progression for many people, but it is the ongoing management of symptoms that allows people to function in their daily lives with optimal comfort, safety, participation and quality of life.
Includes disease-related education, diagnosis and treatment of emotional and/or cognitive changes, family support, support for occupation/employment, and connection to available resources.
Many people with MS have concerns about the safety of routine vaccinations. Some, but not all, immunizations have been evaluated for safety and efficacy in people with MS.
More than half of people with MS require some form of assistance with daily activities, most of which is provided by informal caregivers. When needs exceed the resources of the family, long-term support services are necessary.
Approximately 3-5% of all individuals with MS experience disease onset before age 16.
Materials to help healthcare professionals respond to patient questions about some of the more difficult and challenging aspects of the disease.
For professional, including aquatics instructors, yoga teachers, personal trainers and others who want to learn more about MS and specific strategies for working with a diverse MS population. Approved for continuing education credits through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Fellow Case Call with Melanie Ward, M.D. Recorded October 21, 2015
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Three prominent MS specialists share their thoughts on the most underrecognized and undertreated aspects of MS at MedpageToday.
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