, Volume 251, Issue 5 Supplement, pp v69-v73

Improving MS patient care

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a multidimensional, chronic, neurological disease affecting young people that often interferes with their life and career plans. Patient care begins at the time of diagnosis, and particular emphasis should be placed on proper education about the variable disease course and treatment options. Clinical assessment at regular intervals using quantitative measures is recommended in order to obtain important information on the effects of disease-modifying and/or symptomatic treatment. In addition to optimising therapy, it is imperative to develop effective and properly resourced care services for MS patients that will address their complex and lifelong requirements.