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During the first five years of immunomodulatory therapy, one to two out of every five patients with multiple sclerosis MS stops taking their prescribed therapy. Evidence shows that one of the major determinants of how well a patient with MS adheres to therapy is the relationship the patient has with his or her healthcare provider; the degree to which a patient feels support from his or her provider is actually an independent predictor of adherence, according to a survey of patients with self-reported progressive forms of MS. The establishment of trust is dependent on the extent to which the patient feels the provider is being honest and open about prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment options. Additionally, examinations of adherence to medical therapy in general highlight the necessity of a patient’s understanding of their clinical circumstances, goals of therapy, and complexity of their medical regimen, necessitating a provider’s comprehension of the same. Logistical factors at play in the medical system, like high drug costs and difficulty in physically obtaining medications, also deter patients from optimal compliance with prescribed therapy. One other independent predictor of adherence to therapy is severity of disability.
One study suggests that one out of two patients with MS who discontinue taking their immunomodulatory medication does so within the first two years of therapy, putting those patients at a higher risk of worsening symptoms. The study’s authors call for “close follow-up of these patients would be useful in avoiding early discontinuation of therapy,” and primary care physicians, who are in a good place to communicate with patients about the barriers they face, may benefit from continuing education programming focusing on these challenges.
Moreover, clinical trial evidence and professional guidelines change, and some guidelines have been updated recently. Communicating related information to healthcare professionals in a timely manner is a demonstrated need. The literature suggests that practicing healthcare professionals are oftentimes unable to keep up with the steady publishing of literature and evolution of clinical practice, and awareness of professional guidelines is no exception. Recently published guidelines therefore also inherently suggest a gap in medical knowledge, if not practice, and also justify the need for educational programming.
Annual meetings of large, national, professional societies offer an opportunity for healthcare professionals to get a first glimpse at study results that have the potential to impact practice as provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and practices between thought leaders and less distinguished practitioners. The 2014 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (AAN 2014) is no exception. Nevertheless, as with every meeting, many professionals from both the community and health-system settings alike will be unable to attend the conference for a variety of reasons, justifying the creation of educational programming that summarize the major findings presented at the meeting.
Faculty member introduction, disclosures
Major findings from AAN 2014, including clinical trial data relevant to both community and health-system practice and recognized barriers to implementing those findings in practice (specific content contingent upon conference content)
Application: patient cases
Summary, conclusion, and best practice recap
Healthcare professionals specializing in geriatrics, internal medicine, neurology, primary care, or those who otherwise commonly care for patients with MS.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Abbvie and Questcor.
Release Date: October 11, 2014 -- Expiration Date: October 11, 2016
Faculty: Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD
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Faculty Disclosure: Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, discloses that she is a consultant/ speaker for and has received research grants from: Biogen Idec, TEVA Neuroscience, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, EMD Serono and Questcor.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD is an officer and part owner of ScientiaCME, LLC with no relevent financial disclosures.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Abbvie and Questcor.
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