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Way Ahead Volume 15 Part 3 (July 2011)

RIMS 2011 conference report

Vicki Matthews, MS Specialist Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

Overview of the themes and sessions of the 20th Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS) conference in May 2011.

The basis of good commissioning

Lesley Humber,  Director of Operations and Locality Development, Southwark PCT, London

There is an increasing awareness amongst the public and service users of the depth of financial difficulty faced by the NHS across the country. Across the board, the delivery of health and social care will need to alter in order to be able to work within more restrictive financial envelopes. This article looks at how health professionals need to rethink how they offer their services and ensure that all those involved in the commissioning of services understand the benefits and outcomes that you deliver. Includes information on the tools the MS Trust offers to help you interact with commissioners.

Core stability training in MS

Margaret Gear, Neurophysiotherapist, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick

MS can affect balance and mobility in a number of ways, causing difficulty with everyday activities such as carrying a drink whilst walking, climbing stairs or maintaining balance whilst reaching. A recent study has shown that people with MS can have significantly reduced balance even when they have no problems with walking. This article reports on an MS Trust funded pilot study exploring the effects of core stability training on balance and mobility in people with MS.

Risk communication: why we need understandable information

Wolfgang Gaissmaier, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

In 1937, it was noted in an editorial in the Lancet medical journal that it can be difficult to communicate statistical information about health. This situation still holds true today with a large parts of the population having difficulty with understanding numerical information. This article looks at why, in today's era of ever increasing efforts to involve patients more in sharing medical decisions with their physicians, we need more understandable information to communicate the risks and benefits of different treatment options.

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