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Long-term treatment optimization in individuals with multiple sclerosis using disease-modifying therapies: a nursing approach

J Neurosci Nurs. 2004 Feb;36(1):10-22
Denis L, Namey M, Costello K, Frenette J, Gagnon N, Harris C, Lowden D, McEwan L, Morrison W, Poirier J.
Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON.

The introduction of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS) over the last 7 years has had a significant effect on the management of those living with this disease.

Initially, the focus of improving treatment outcomes was on ensuring adherence to therapy by managing drug-related adverse events.

However, treatment adherence is only one facet of ensuring optimal health outcomes for patients using DMTs.

Therefore, a group of 80 nurses from Canada and the United States (The North American MS Nurses' Treatment Optimization Group) developed an evidence-based nursing approach to address the various factors involved in obtaining optimal patient outcomes.

The goal of this nursing approach is to ensure the best possible clinical, subclinical, psychosocial, and quality-of-life outcomes for patients with MS using DMTs.