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2019 Nov

Adv Ther



Joint Healthcare Professional and Patient Development of Communication Tools to Improve the Standard of MS Care.


Oreja-Guevara C, Potra S, Bauer B, Centonze D, Giambastiani M-P, Giovannoni G, Kesselring J, Langdon D, Morrow SA, Nouvet-Gire J, Pontaga M, Rieckmann P, Schippling S, Alexandri N, Shanahan J, Thompson H, Van Galen P, Vermersch P, Yeandle D
Adv Ther. 2019 Nov; 36(11):3238-3252.
PMID: 31487006.


Effective communication between patients and healthcare professionals (HCPs) is important to enhance outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS). However, in practice, patients often report a disconnect in communication. Communication tools to aid patient-HCP communication have a long history of use in many chronic conditions. For example, symptom diaries have been shown to enhance outcomes in cancer, headache and sleep disorder management. MS in the 21st Century, a Steering Group of HCP specialists and patients with MS (PwMS), has created two communication tools designed for use by both patients and their HCPs.