Case Studies In Multiple Sclerosis: Taking A Fresh Look At A Complex Disease
This program provides the knowledge and skills to primary care providers (PCPs) to enable them to correctly diagnose and treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and its co-morbidities for improved patient outcomes. It covers assessment protocols and diagnostic tests: pharmacologic, alternative, and complementary therapies; patient monitoring; and symptom management. Four case study discussions are presented in15 minute interactive, voice-over slides lectures. Two toolkits are available for download, one for the PCP and one for the patient.
Case One - Presenting Symtoms of Multiple Sclerosis:
Covers the essentials of the history and neurological exam and descriptions of symptoms of optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, and brainstem and cerebellar involvement.
Case Two - Current Diagnostic Tests:
Covers the current diagnostic tests, including lab and imaging, are presented and shown as well as major clinical red flags in diagnosis.
Case Three - Current Pharmacologic, Non-Pharmacologic Treatment Options:
Covers the common principles of MS therapy, injectables, oral medications, and IV infusions: their side effects, monitoring, and risks are discussed as well as disease-modifying therapies for relapsing remitting MS. Non-pharmacological treatment includes diet, exercise, and mental health.
Case Four - Patient Monitoring and Symptom Management:
Covers the managing motor and other symptoms (eg, bladder, fatigue, pain, and mood) as discussed. Use of the toolkits to help the patient to manage their own symptoms and find resources.
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