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Psychosocial support (.pdf) encompasses five key components that are ongoing throughout the disease course:

  • Disease-related education (“psychoeducation”) – a supportive, educational process designed to enhance understanding of the disease and promote adaptive coping strategies
  • Diagnosis and treatment of emotional and/or cognitive (.pdf) problems
  • Family Interventions designed to support family members’ efforts to cope with illness-related challenges
  • Support for people’s efforts to remain productively employed as long as they want to and are able
  • Connection to available resources for your patients, including comprehensive information about the Affordable Care Act

The publication series, Talking with Your MS Patients about Difficult Topics, models effective conversations with patients about topics including:

A variety of tools and resources are available to support your clinical work.

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