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Way Ahead Volume 14 Part 2 (April 2010)

There is currently no pdf available for this issue of Way Ahead. Please contact the MS Trust information team if you would like a hard copy of any of the articles from this issue.

European MS Nurse Survey

Vicki Matthews, MS Specialist Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

The European MS Nurse Survey is an initiative led by the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) in collaboration with the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN), Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS) and the MS Trust. This article discusses the aims of the project and what insight data emerging out of the survey has to offer.

A vision for the future of MS services

Nicola Russell, MS Trust

With a general election on the horizon, this article outlines an MS 'wish list' for the next decade compiled by Nicola Russell, Director of Services, MS Trust.

Setting up an infusion service

Caroline D'Arcy, MS Specialist Nurse, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

With the advent of more experimental and aggressive drug therapies, MS nurses are being asked to work in different ways. MS nurses have to set up and operate new services so that people with MS have access to the expanding number of treatments for MS. This article shares the experience of an MS specialist nurse in setting up a natalizumab infusion service and explores the pivotal role of the MS nurse in facilitating access to, and safe implementation of, new MS treatments.

Occupational therapy services

Jenny Preston, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Centre, Irvine

An audit of an occupational therapy service in 1998 highlighted inconsistencies in the use of standardised assessment tools between therapists, lack of a clear management plan for people with MS and a lack of service user involvement in the development of services. The audit resulted in changes to the service which culminated in an improvement in the number of planned reviews being carried out. However, there was still recognition of the lack of service user involvement in the service review. This article details a study that was subsequently carried out in an attempt to understand how people with MS experienced the occupational therapy service and try to identify what they would want and expect from future services.

A study into the effects of whole body vibration in MS

Françoise Schyns, Physiotherapist Coordinator, Revive MS Support, Glasgow

Many people with MS are interested in trying whole body vibration (WBV) machines which are becoming increasingly common in gyms in the UK. However, they have concerns about the safety and usefulness of this therapy in MS. This article looks at the results of a small pilot study funded by the MS Trust investigating the effects of WBV in people with MS.

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