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Way Ahead Volume 13 Part 1 (January 2009)

MS Trust looks to the future

Nicola Russell, Director of Services, MS Trust

Editorial outlining the priorities of the MS Trust for 2009.

MS nursing: more of the same or maintaining the best?

Vicki Matthews, MS Specialist Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

This article discusses how best to shape the future of MS nursing, both in terms of career pathways and the development of services.

Investigating safe and effective exercise for people with MS

Johnny Collett, School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

For many years, people with MS have limited their physical activity levels on the advice of physicians in an effort to help minimise the risk of exacerbations and symptoms of fatigue. However, over the last decade, the beneficial effects of exercise for people with MS have become evident. This article describes a study currently underway to determine how people with MS respond to different intensities of exercise.

A UK consensus on the management of the bladder in MS

Clare Fowler, Consultant Urologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

In February 2007, a group of interested parties met in London to discuss bladder management in patients with MS. The aim was to publish a consensus paper for setting out what we thought were reasonable UK guidelines for the condition. This article describes the outcomes of the meeting.

Secondary progressive MS: meeting the challenge of person centred care

Alison Smith, Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist, Derby City General Hospital, Derby

90% of people who are diagnosed with a relapsing remitting course of multiple sclerosis develop secondary progressive MS within 25 years of onset. A significant proportion of these people make the transition much sooner. This article unravels some of the issues faced by people with MS, and the health professionals who work with them, when confronted with the progressive phase of the condition.

Men are from Mars: building a group for male relatives of people with MS

Lisa Black, MS Specialist Nurse, West Sussex Primary Care Trust, Worthing

Whilst the complex needs of people with MS mean that they often receive support from a range of health and social care professionals, it has become increasingly apparent that the needs of their partners are often overlooked. Evidence suggests that women are often better at sharing their problems and gaining support than men, who generally do not seek to develop support systems in the same way as women. This article describes how an MS specialist nurse and neuropsychologist set up a group for men living with a partner with a confirmed diagnosis of MS.

Highlights from the 2008 MS Trust annual conference

Janice Sykes, Information Officer, MS Trust

Overview of the key plenary and seminar sessions from the 2008 MS Trust annual conference.

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