A therapeutic strategy in multiple sclerosis (MS) involving proactive monitoring, shared decision-making and improved treatment access needs to be widely accepted – and urgently adopted.
This important message could reach up to 9000 specialists at ECTRIMS, the largest MS conference in the world, when it is presented by lead author Gavin Giovannoni this afternoon. His late-breaking poster summarizes the recommendations from a new report, Brain health: time matters in multiple sclerosis, which was launched on 6 October 2015 by Oxford Health Policy Forum as the centrepiece of the MS Brain Health initiative.
“Everything in the recommendations is driven by delays in the system of our management of multiple sclerosis,” stated Professor Giovannoni at the report launch. “What can we do to optimize or maximize the brain health of somebody who presents to healthcare professionals with MS?”
The poster concludes that the recommendations will enable healthcare professionals to strive towards the highest possible standards of care, but that major policy changes are needed for this to become a reality.
Time matters in multiple sclerosis – international consensus recommendations on diagnosis, management and access to treatment, will be available to download from the MS Brain Health initiative website after the start of the poster session at 13:30 GMT on Friday 9 October.