Nearly 3,000 multiple sclerosis (MS) healthcare providers and researchers convened recently to share their findings regarding the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of MS.
However, unlike past meetings, this year’s 34th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) took place online.
Virtual presentations covered the continued benefits of available therapies and long-term safety information, as well as advances in basic laboratory studies. Solutions to help those with MS live their best lives by understanding and managing symptoms received particular emphasis.
The CMSC has made the abstracts (research summaries) of the presentations available as a PDF online.
The National MS Society highlighted some of the presentations related to improvements in quality of life that it found more relevant. Topics that bore a great impact on quality of life measures included depression, exercise, culturally competent care, and abuse.
According to Feinstein, many patients who consider suicide frequently do not receive treatment for their underlying mental health issues despite the availability of treatments, including medication or cognitive behavioral therapy. The latter can be delivered via telemedicine.
His take-home message to healthcare providers is “Screen your patients for depression so that you do not miss the diagnosis and miss a potentially treatable disorder.”
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