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Health Care Delivery and Policy

We must understand health care issues and gather data to advocate for policies that enable everyone with MS to access quality care and treatment.


Multiple sclerosis affects family life, career, standard of living and quality of life. MS also creates special concerns related to health care. Investigators funded through the National MS Society’s Health Care Delivery and Policy Research Program study such issues and provide data that can serve as the basis for influencing public policy and offering people with MS and their families practical ways for improving the quality of their care and the quality of their lives.

With the help of its volunteer Health Care Delivery and Policy Research Advisory Committee, the Society establishes priority areas each year and releases a request for proposals which is widely distributed to investigators in the field. In addition, the Society has opened up this program to accept investigator-initiated health policy studies in MS on any pertinent topic.

Here are some of the important questions being answered by these researchers:
  • How can home- and community-based services be optimized to maintain the independence of people with MS?
  • What are the healthcare priorities and preferences of people with MS?
  • How can we determine the impact of additional health conditions on outcomes for people with MS?