More MS news articles for April 2002

The Multiple Sclerosis Documentation System

Nervenarzt 2002 Feb;73(2):144-8
Pette M, Eulitz M.
Neurologische Universitatsklinik, Klinikum Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universitat Dresden, Fetscherstrasse 74, 01307 Dresden.

The MSDS (multiple sclerosis documentation system) has been developed at the Department of Neurology, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, during the last 4 years.

The first version of this database application has been in use since October 2000.

The MSDS manages information on MS patients, their treating physicians, patient history (symptoms, other diseases, biographical history, family history, habits, medication), clinical signs, results of laboratory examinations (blood chemistry, autoantibodies, borrelia serology, evoked potentials, cranial and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging), clinical scores relevant for MS, and biosamples.

In principle, MSDS allows online data input and semiautomatically generates reports to all general practitioners and neurologists treating the respective patient.

Patient information sheets and internal treatment guidelines are part of the system.

During a 3-month evaluation, the first version of MSDS was tested at eight university multiple sclerosis ambulatory care units and one general neurology hospital.

The overall judgement was favorable.

Suggestions for changes and improvements, as well as practical experiences, were considered when developing MSDS 2.0, which will be available by the end of 2001.