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MS Coalition Consensus on Disease-Modifying Therapy

Read the MS Coalition’s new evidence-based consensus document supporting early treatment and access to the full range of treatment options

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"McDonald Criteria" for diagnosis

The 2017 revisions to the "McDonald Criteria" for the diagnosis of MS were published online in Lancet Neurology on December 21, 2017 as a free access paper.

TipSheet: 2017 Revisions to the McDonald Criteria for the Diagnosis of MS (.pdf) 

AAN practice guidelines

Current American Academy of Neurology clinical practice guidelines and related tools, including patient and physician summaries of selected guidelines. Additional tools and new guidelines are added regularly.

Multiple Sclerosis Action Plan

A guide for your patients to refer to and know if, when and how they should contact you if they are experiencing new or worsening symptoms.

Current Topics in MS webinar series

The field of providing care for MS patients is always evolving as new and exciting research sheds light on best practices for treatment modification, symptom management, rehabilitation and management of mood and cognitive issues.  Learn about the latest in MS care from providers on the forefront of treating patients with MS.  

This FREE quarterly CME/CE webinar series will increase your MS knowledge, expand access to quality care and ultimately help improve patient outcomes.

Schedule and recordings available now.

Providing care to Veterans with MS

In 2003 the Department of Veterans Affairs established the VA MS Centers of Excellence (MSCoE). The MSCoE utilize a network of regional programs, telemedicine and informatics to:
  • improve care for veterans with MS,
  • enhance MS education for patients, caregivers and providers
  • promote research into the causes and treatments for MS.
Learn more at the MSCoE website.

The MSCoE consist of coordinating centers in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, for the western US, and in Baltimore, Maryland, for the eastern U.S., and approximately 70 regional MS programs distributed throughout the US. Find the nearest VA clinics and MS Centers of Excellence online or via email at MSCentersofExcellence@va.gov.

In collaboration with the MS Centers of Excellence, the following resources have been developed for use within the VA system.

Flyers

Webinars

SSDI claims and private disability resources

Guidebooks and webinars to assist healthcare professionals who are collaborating with their MS patients on the process of filing claims.

Physical activity resources

Wheeled mobility

MS Phenotypes- Implications for Practice Webinar

This presentation explores the 2012 phenotype definitions and modifiers and discuss the practice implications of the new FDA labeling for MS drugs approved for relapsing forms of MS. View the paper, Defining the Clinical Course of Multiple Sclerosis: The 2013 Revisions and the 2020 clarification.

Presented by:
Fred Lublin, MD
Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai

Download the recording now.
 

Mental health webinars

Multiple Sclerosis: An Accredited CE Webinar Series for Mental Health Professionals

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) organizations and the National MS Society share common goals around access to quality healthcare. Both organizations strive to improve access to quality care by attracting new talent to the field and increasing the knowledge and skills of practicing clinicians. 
In collaboration with Wake AHEC, located in North Carolina, a series of webinars was developed to provide an overview of multiple sclerosis, to describe common challenges of the diagnosis and to help mental health professionals understand the impact of cognitive challenges in MS.

  • Webinar 1:  Multiple Sclerosis: An Overview and Adapting to Life with MS

    A two-part program; the first webinar provides an overview of MS, including: info about damage to the body’s immune system; genetic and environmental factors that combine to cause the disease process; and strategies for slowing the disease process, treating relapses, and managing symptoms. The webinar reinforces the importance of early and ongoing treatment and highlights the members of the MS healthcare team. The second webinar describes the stresses of living with a chronic, unpredictable illness and the challenges most common at diagnosis, when/if the disease transitions to a more progressive or advanced course. The role of normal grieving is discussed, and ways to distinguish it from depression.  The webinar also offers information about the impact of MS on the entire family and offers suggestions for successful coping strategies.

  • Webinar 2: Multiple Sclerosis: Cognitive Dysfunction & Professional Challenges

    A two-part program; the first webinar describes the cognitive impairment that occurs in about 65% of people with MS. The presentation explains the relationship between cognitive impairment and other factors such as disease course and progression.  It highlights the impact of cognitive changes on employment, communication, relationships, and quality of life, as discusses treatment strategies. The second webinar describes for mental health professionals the unique challenges – and rewards – in working with individuals and families living with MS. The presentation describes the importance of teamwork and offers guidance about dealing with the emotionally healthy patient as well as those with mental health issues in addition to the challenges of MS. Guidance is also offered for therapists who have MS themselves.

Rehab webinars

Clinical study measures

Information about frequently used clinical measures, including description, administration and scoring methods, psychometric properties, and literature citations. Test forms are provided where possible.

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