When you ask your patient “what’s on the horizon?”, you can navigate their disease management around their plans
The unpredictable and variable nature of MS means it can affect every aspect of your patients’ lives – their work, their family and their social life. It can be difficult, but by finding out more about them and adopting a holistic approach to care you can work together to develop an individualised disease management plan.
Besides a clinical evaluation of treatment benefits and risks, patient preferences in terms of safety, administration, lifestyle and overall quality of life should all be considered. From a clinical perspective physical function is a key component of disease management, but patients living with MS also place a strong emphasis on emotional wellbeing. While most clinicians agree on the importance of assessing quality of life there can be a lack of confidence when it comes to aligning care to patients’ personal treatment goals.
Fostering positive expectations for the future may enhance a patient’s quality of life – so start the conversation now.