About MS Care
MS Care seeks to improve the delivery and utilization of effective treatments for chronic pain and depression in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) through the use of collaborative care, a specific type of integrated care.
MS Care’s goal is to enhance the existing comprehensive care found in the typical MS specialty care center. It is built around a care manager who represents a team of experts that includes the patient’s MS physician and a group of domain experts, specifically psychologists and psychiatrists with expertise in depression and/or chronic pain, as well as experts in the care of MS. MS Care involves telehealth, systematic tracking, and other systems-level changes to improve care and ensure that no patients "fall through the cracks".
MS Care also places great importance on the patient being an integral team member. It builds upon existing patient strengths & self-management skills, while teaching additional strategies that help encourage a patient’s role in self-managing many aspects of their depression/pain, and in sharing decision-making about treatment options.
Our mission is also to conduct patient-centered research that engages people affected by MS; including patients, families, clinicians, MS organizations, and healthcare stakeholders throughout the research enterprise. Our stakeholders were an invaluable part of the MS Care intervention study.