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MS is a chronic, unpredictable disease that can have a significant impact on people’s functional abilities, physical and emotional well-being, and quality of life (Edmonds et al., 2007). A clinician working in isolation will tend to focus on those aspects of the disease with which he or she feels most comfortable and has the greatest expertise, often without recognizing or addressing other important issues (Edmonds et al., 2007). Only by sharing expertise in a coordinated and collaborative manner, can the complex needs of individuals with MS and their families be met (Cheng et al., 2010; Burks, 1998). The 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. Over the course of the disease, the MS care team – with the person with MS at its center – may need to include:

MS Care Team

  • Neurologist
  • Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
    • Physiatrist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech/Language Pathologist
    • Orthotist
    • Seating specialist
  • Urologist
  • Mental Health Specialist
    • Neuropsychologist/psychologist
    • Social Worker
  • Nutritionist
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