Living well with multiple sclerosis

Marion Brandis Brodkey, Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia, Jennifer Decker Reardon

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Abstract

Overview: Improvements in magnetic resonance imaging and the advent of disease-modifying therapies in the past 15 years have changed the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system. Accordingly, the nursing role has become more complex, involving advocacy, education, research, counseling, and medication administration. This article reviews the pathophysiology of the disorder, the available therapies to treat it, and the challenges patients face when making treatment decisions at various stages in the course of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume111
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • autoimmune diseases
  • multiple sclerosis
  • nervous system diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • neurologic diseases
  • relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis

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