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10 NEW THERAPIES FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MAKES CHOOSING ONE  MORE DIFFICULT THAN EVER!

The range of choices for managing multiple sclerosis (MS) is increasing, with 10 new therapies having become available over the past 20 years. However, along with those increasing choices has come more complexity in the decision-making process, for both patients and their physicians.

In an article published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences, Jacqueline Palace, FRCP, DM, a clinical neurologist at Oxford University Hospitals Trust in Oxford, U.K., provided an update on the decision process in the rapidly evolving multidrug environment and offered suggestions to clinicians on how to foster decision-making partnerships with patients (Palace, 2013).
"It is clear that patients should be involved in making decisions about their own treatment and that this improves outcomes, adherence, and is cost effective," Dr. Palace wrote. "However, there is an obligation on the doctor as the expert to ensure their patient is sufficiently informed to do this, and to be aware of the patient's ability to make decisions and of any outside influences that might detrimentally affect this."
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