Highlights from CMSC 2017

New nursing resource launched at CMSC 2017

A new resource for nursing professionals working within multiple sclerosis (MS) clinical services was launched by MS Brain Health at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) in New Orleans.

Lead author Jodi Haartsen spent time at our MS Brain Health stand to meet some of the 2,200 healthcare professionals (HCPs), researchers, pharmacists and people who attended the event.

 

Other highlights

A quality improvement framework for MS services to support HCPs in maximizing lifelong brain health in people with MS was the subject of a poster presented by Gavin Giovannoni. The poster is available to view and download on our website, here.

The importance of clear communication between HCPs and patients for optimal MS care was highlighted at a late night show, chaired by Gavin Giovannoni.  A panel of neurologists and MSers called for better understanding of each other’s perspective in order to improve the needs of people living with MS.  The debate was organized by the MS in the 21st Century initiative.

Neuroimmunologist Aaron Boster delivered an inspiring lecture on the need for patient-centred, accessible and high-value care.  Citing the example of the OhioHealth MS Center, he set out the case for building MS hubs that offer a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary, patient- and family-focused model.  Both access and value are enhanced through the centralization of services, allowing patients to attend a single location for physician visits, lab work, imaging studies and other care.


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