Amy Bowen: The importance of a multidisciplinary team in multiple sclerosis management

A multidisciplinary team can provide expert advice, support and access to resources.

“The neurologist doesn’t work in isolation; they need to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. They have short consultations, generally speaking, and they will only have time (and generally only have the skills and training) to really focus on the clinical and medical aspects. The nurse is there to be able to bring a lot of those issues to life for people and also to connect them up with the other members of the multidisciplinary team that they might need, like a physio or occupational therapist. They can give them advice about benefits; they can just help them to access all the other resources that they need. So, if you imagine somebody only having access to those short appointments, maybe once a year, or twice a year with a neurologist; all the rest of the time that the person is living with their MS they need access quickly to somebody who's got a lot of expert knowledge. So if you're having a relapse or you've got some big change in your symptoms you can quickly reach somebody who can give you good advice and support.”

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