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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Only 47% of Primary Care Doctors in England ‘Confident’ in Treating MS Patients


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AUGUST 23, 2016  -- By:  Ines Martins, PhD

General practitioners (GPs) in England lack confidence in initially assessing and referring onward people with neurological symptoms, especially those with multiple sclerosis, and believe they could benefit from better training in identifying and managing neurological patients.
One result, according to a report published by the Neurological Alliance, titled “Neurology and primary care: improving the transition from primary care for people with neurological conditions,” is its earlier research finding that a majority of patients now wait more than a year between the time they begin noticing symptoms and the time they first see a specialist.
Because most neurological conditions are progressive and early treatment is critical to reducing disease progression and severity, such delays in accessing secondary care can have strong consequences for the patients.

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