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Way Ahead Volume 13 Part 3 (June 2009)

MS Trust launches StayingSmart

Lynn Fox, Information Officer, MS Trust

This article introduces StayingSmart, a new web-based resource developed by the MS Trust to support people with MS who experience cognitive difficulties.

NICE guidance for functional electrical stimulation for dropped foot

Geraldine Mann, Consultant Physiotherapist, National Clinical FES Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a treatment modality in which electrical impulses are applied to intact peripheral nerves supplying paralysed muscles in order to produce functional movement. This article looks at the research studies into the use of FES in MS and the NICE guidance around its use.

Advanced multiple sclerosis (MS) and family relationship processes

Anna MacLehose, Research Psychologist, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability West Hill, Putney, London

Research has paid little attention to the impact of MS on families, despite support for families being a key recommendation from the Department of Health. This article describes a research project funded by the MS Trust to investigate the psychosocial impact of advanced MS on families.

Promoting patient-centred care: the development of a communication tool for people with MS

Caroline Pollington, MS Specialist Nurse, St George's Hospital, Tooting, London

This article describes the development of a communication tool for people with MS, to ensure that their specific care needs are recognised by hospital staff upon their admission for inpatient stays.

Is leisure a luxury?

Alison Johnson, MS Specialist Occupational Therapist, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool

There are a great number of complex factors that can affect how an individual copes with a long-term neurological condition such as MS. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people with MS who maintain leisure interests or activities often appear to have better coping mechanisms and manage their condition more effectively. This article explores the correlation between participation in leisure and better health outcomes for people with MS.

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