Int MS J. 2004 Apr;11(1):2-9
The School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University, Academic Centre John Radcliffe Hospital Level Four, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK.
Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifealtering event which has a profound impact on the patient.
The author (a medical social worker for 13 years in a large MS clinic) suggests a model of paraclinical support for the person with MS and their family and friends, during and post-diagnosis.
The model combines psychosocial assessment, information dissemination, emotional support and tangible interventions.
The resultant patient-centred, holistic, longitudinal care aids adjustment to the diagnosis and pursuit of quality of life, despite the disease.