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Multiple Sclerosis - What Are People With MS and Their Health Care Providers Really Thinking?
Date:5/27/2009

HCPs survey participants included: registered nurses, certified medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and certified nurse specialists

"Patient and physician dialogue has come a long way in recent years, but there is still work to be done," said Harold Moses Jr., MD, assistant professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University. "As new therapies are approved and enter the market, we expect to see more discussion about whether these options are right for patients. In fact, the entire patient/physician dialogue may start to shift."

The MS Viewpoints survey uncovered that while individuals currently on treatment report being generally satisfied with their treatment, nearly one-third (33%) of people living with MS reported that their current MS treatment interferes with their quality of life and daily activities such as work/career, exercise routine and sleeping habits, topics that are more likely to be discussed by their MS nurse or other HCP than by their physician.

"The dialogue between a person living with MS and a nurse or other healthcare provider is important because it often focuses on the impact of MS on day-to-day activities," said Amy Perrin-Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN, neuroscience program coordinator, Loyola University Chicago, and president of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN). "Perhaps this is why the survey showed that nurses and other HCPs were more likely than physicians to believe people with MS who initially delayed starting their prescribed MS therapy would have instead started therapy more quickly if an oral medication had been available."

About the Survey

Independent research group, GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, conducted the survey, interviewing 250 neurologists, 250 MS nurses and other HCPs, and 250 people living with relapsing MS. Intervie
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