Multiple Sclerosis in a Primary Care Setting: Employing Strategies for Appropriate Diagnosis and Improved Patient Outcomes

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Evidence shows that one of the major determinants of how well a patient with MS adheres to therapy is the relationship the patient has with his or her healthcare provider; the degree to which a patient feels support from his or her provider is actually an independent predictor of adherence, according to a survey of patients with self-reported progressive forms of MS.

After completing Multiple Sclerosis in a Primary Care Setting: Employing Strategies for Appropriate Diagnosis and Improved Patient Outcomes physicians will better be able to:

  • Summarize the pathophysiology, symptomology, and clinical course of MS
  • Formulate strategies to encourage patients to discuss MS’ impact on their activities of daily living in a sensitive manner to identify problems that may be treated
  • Given a patient case, select appropriate treatment options for managing acute exacerbations of MS
  • Given a patient case, select appropriate treatment options for managing chronic symptoms associated with MS
  • Explain effective approaches to promoting patient adherence, managing adverse effects of therapy, and addressing other barriers to care

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals specializing in: family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, primary care, or those who otherwise commonly care for patients with MS in the primary care setting.

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