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Multiple Sclerosis

  • Ludo J. VanopdenboschEmail author
  • David J. Oliver
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Abstract

Despite the successes of newer disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis, patients and families continue to have enormous palliative care needs. These needs are driven by the long and uncertain trajectory of the heterogeneous physical, psychological, and social effects of this disease. Comprehensive and vigilant multi-disciplinary care is essential to optimize function and quality of life, through treatments and social support systems. Primary palliative care is an essential component to all teams providing care to patients with multiple sclerosis, and they should have ready access to specialist palliative care if needed. Data suggests early palliative care might be useful in MS but more research and education are needed to better define the timing and role of a palliative care approach to patients and families with multiple sclerosis.

Keywords

Multiple sclerosis Palliative care Disease modifying agents End of life Spasticity Depression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyAZ Sint Jan Brugge OostendeBruggeBelgium
  2. 2.Tizard CentreUniversity of KentCanterbury, KentUK

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