Studies Examine Pain Severity, Treatment Challenges in Multiple Sclerosis

Most individuals with multiple sclerosis experience pain as a symptom of the disease.

Most individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience pain as a symptom of the disease. Two recent studies presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers investigated pain and how the disease is treated, overall.

One study

used predictive modeling to determine factors that influence healthcare providers (HCP) practice behaviors to gain a better understanding of barriers preventing the best practice implementation. The researchers used educational outcomes data from an educational activity on MS, which involved a faculty-led webcast with audio recordings of patient feedback and insights into management challenges obtained through interviews. Surveys were also conducted 3 months after the activity that assessed knowledge, confidence, and behavior.

In addition, an analysis was conducted on the preactivity survey, which asked 2 behavior questions related to utilizing a point-of-care decision tool and on how they select treatment based on mechanisms of action and safety profile.

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