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Way Ahead Volume 12 Part 1 (January 2008)

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Policy and campaigning

Information Team, MS Trust

Overview of a new eduction plan for post-registration nurses in England, the interim report from the Darzi review, sharing examples of best practice for the NSF for Long-term Conditions, and tips on managing telephone calls from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The contribution of complementary and alternative medicine on symptoms and quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis

Fiona Tait, MS Specialist Nurse, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Studies have indicated that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is popular amongst people with MS and is often used in combination with conventional medicine for both symptom management and general wellbeing. This article reviews some of the evidence on the use of CAM for people with MS.

Psychosocial interventions in people with multiple sclerosis: a review

Kathryn Malcomson, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey

MS is much more than a medical disease, it is also an emotionally and socially intrusive illness. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognise that psychosocial management should be routine in the care of people with MS. However, the exact content of such interventions remains elusive. This article describes a systematic review of the literature to identify studies that have investigated the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in people with MS on emtional wellbeing.

The sexual experience: the lived experience of men who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Shaniff Esmail, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada

This article is the third in a series of articles that explore the experiences of couples in which one partner has been diagnosed with MS. This article explores the second phase of the study, and focuses on couples in which the male partner was diagnosed, particularly the male partner's experience of the relationship and how it has changed since his diagnosis.

Highlights from the 2007 MS Trust annual conference

Anna North, Information Officer, MS Trust

Overview of the key plenary and seminar sessions from the 2007 MS Trust annual conference.


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