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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Survey highlights gap between patient and healthcare professional perceptions of mobility loss due to multiple sclerosis

New research into mobility impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS) has revealed a gap between the perceptions of people with MS and their healthcare professionals.

According to the survey, healthcare professionals think more than half (56%) of people with MS under their care experience some loss of mobility, while published data reveal that up to 85% of people with MS suffer from impaired mobility.

The survey, which was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Biogen Idec, investigated the experiences of people with MS in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. More than 400 people with MS and 180 healthcare professionals were surveyed.

The findings are supported by two recent pieces of research which have shown that walking ability is insufficiently monitored in people with MS by healthcare professionals and that 39% of people with MS and 49% of care partners never or rarely discuss mobility issues with a physician.

In addition, the survey underscored the impact of mobility impairment on employment and the social lives of people with MS. Of those surveyed:     CLICK to Continue




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