The importance of a multi-disciplinary perspective and patient activation programmes in MS management

Peter Feys, Gavin Giovannoni, Nathalie Dijsselbloem, Diego Centonze, Piet Eelen, Stine Lykke Andersen

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BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease associated with a large variety of symptoms and changing patients' needs during the disease course. In order to provide appropriate care in every disease stage and let patients live their lives to the full, a multi-disciplinary approach and patient activation is needed.

OBJECTIVE: To summarise the multi-disciplinary perspective of MS, with focus on the organisation of a multi-disciplinary care team and possibilities to support patient activation.

METHODS: This review reflects the content of the presentations, audience polling results and discussions on the multi-disciplinary perspective of MS during the second Pan-European MS Multi-stakeholder Colloquium.

RESULTS: In many countries, the neurologist with or without the support of an MS nurse is responsible for the long-term care of MS patients. When needed, they should refer to other (non-)medical specialists. However, the patient should be empowered as well to manage his/her disease and to implement a physically active lifestyle in order to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life.

CONCLUSION: To create equal access to care for MS patients across Europe, evidence-based standards of care, symptom self-monitoring tools and educational programmes for patients and healthcare professionals including non-medical treatment strategies should be developed at the European level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-46
Number of pages13
JournalMultiple Sclerosis
Issue number2 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


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