SMi Source Lesson Multiple Sclerosis: Patient Experience

  • SMi Source lesson Multiple Sclerosis: Patient Experience has the following microlearning topics

  • 1. Welcome to the Patient Experience

    2. Timeline of Diagnostic Criteria and Therapy

    3. MS is a Clinical Diagnosis

    4. Lesions Visible on MRI

    5. Diagnosis: Engagement

    6. Engagement: Management

    7. Hypothetical Case

  • Lesson Multiple Sclerosis: Patient Experience teaches these concepts

  • The Patient Experience, Welcome, Welcome to the Patient Experience

  • Lesson Multiple Sclerosis: Patient Experience addresses these key points

  • Progression of multiple sclerosis is unpredictable.

    • Disease varies from patient to patient
    • Symptoms may vary greatly within a given patient over time
    Most crucial challenges with chronic diseases like MS:
    • There is no cure for chronic diseases; management over time is essential.
    • The patient must engage continously in obtaining the best care for their situation.

    Acute disease characteristics

    • Abrupt onset
    • Limited duration
    • Usually single cause
    • Diagnosis and prognosis commonly accurate
    • Self-limited, or specific therapy available
    • Technological intervention, usually effective (laboratory testing, imaging, medication, surgery)
    • Cure likely with return to normal health
    • Minimal uncertainty

    Chronic Disease Characteristics

    • Gradual onset common
    • Unfolds over time
    • Multivariate causation, changing over time
    • Undulating course
    • Diagnosis often uncertain, prognosis obscure
    • Indecisive technologies and therapies with adversities
    • No cure, management over time necessary
    • Uncertainty pervasive
    • The patient and the healthcare professional must share knowledge and work together.
  • Lesson Multiple Sclerosis: Patient Experience is built from these main references. Log into SMi Source for a complete list and details.

  • Holman H, Lorig K. Patient Self-Management: A Key to Effectiveness and Efficiency in Care of Chronic Disease. Public Health Reports. 2004.

    The Merck Manuals. Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Accessed on March 22, 2011.

    Waxman SG, Craner MJ, Black JA. Na+ channel expression along axons in multiple sclerosis and its models. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2004.