Multiple Sclerosis Management: Shedding Light on the Patient Perspective

October 28, 2021

Overview

This industry supported symposia (ISS) will be hosted in conjunction with the 2021 Consortium of MS Center’s (CMSC) Annual Meeting. In this activity, Drs Benjamin Greenberg, Jennifer Graves, and Anthony Traboulsee will present data from a large cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis illustrating their perspectives on a variety of management issues related to their care. Combined with published research on these topics, the patient data will provide context and a platform for a unique and multidimensional scientific discussion that both navigates prevalent and illuminates under-recognized considerations in the long-term management of MS.

Target Audience

The target audience for this initiative includes MS specialists, general neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and long-term management of patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify concerns, misconceptions, and preferences of patients with MS surrounding their experience with disease management, and explore strategies to enhance and/or tailor counseling practices, communication, and treatment approach.
  • Appraise key indicators for MS risk stratification to improve strategic decision making in treatment initiation and subse­quent long-term outcomes for patients who present with varying disease presentations.
  • Describe expert perspectives regarding the optimal approach to monitoring disability progression and therapeutic response as well as managing breakthrough disease in patients with MS, including the indications for DMT discontinuation and/or switching, to inform these decisions in clinical practice.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
07/02/2021
Course expires: 
10/28/2021
Event starts: 
10/28/2021 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
10/28/2021 - 8:00am
Cost:
$0.00
Rating: 
0

AGENDA

The program will be divided into two learning modules. Each faculty member will lead their own topic. Each topic is designed to capture several major themes related to both prevalent clinical issues in MS as well as patient perspectives on their providers and overall MS care.

Project Methods and Global Patient Perspectives (7:00‐7:10am) 

Project overview – Dr Greenberg

Part 1: Patient Impressions of and Roles in Diagnosis and Upfront Decision‐Making (7:11‐7:35am)

Patient data discussion – Dr Greenberg
  • Example discussion topics:
    • Label and explanation of MS diagnosis at onset
    • How therapy options were presented and discussed
    • Impact of MS diagnosis on desire/perceived ability to become pregnant
 Literature review and clinical strategy – Dr Graves
  • Presentation topics:
    • Clinical research on the early use of higher efficacy therapies
    • Clinical and social prognostic factors for MS progression, their implications for long‐term outcomes, and their subsequent influence on treatment selection
    • Patient counseling practices including comprehensive communication and the distinction of guidance versus persuasion

Part 2: Patient Experience Through Long Term Management Including Monitoring, Therapy Switching, and Care Perceptions (7:31‐7:55am)

Patient data discussion – Dr Greenberg
  • Example discussion topics:
    • Perceptions of DMT switching
    • Access to and frequency of tests (e.g., MRI), therapy administrations (e.g., infusions), and office follow‐ups
    • Comfort with and perceived success describing clinical states and general needs
Literature review and clinical strategy – Dr Traboulsee
  • Presentation topics:
    • Reliability, benefits, and drawbacks of validated disability progression scales
    • Official guidelines to and faculty experience with DMT switching
    • Impact of accessibility on patient experience and outcomes

Q&A (7:56‐8:00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   Jennifer Graves MD, PhD

   Neurologist
   Associate Professor of Neurosciences
   UC San Diego Health
   San Diego, California

 

   
   Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS (Moderator)

   Vice Chair of Translational Research & Strategic Initiatives
   Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics
   University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
   Dallas, Texas
 

 

   Anthony Traboulsee, MD
   Professor, Division of Neurology
   Research Chair of the MS Society of Canada
   University of British Columbia in Vancouver
   Vancouver, Canada

This activity is jointly provided by the MS Foundation, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Efficient LLC. 

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the MS Foundation, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and Efficient LLC. PIM is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statement

Physician Credit

PIM designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

Disclosures

PIM requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Planners' and Managers' Disclosure

MS Foundation planners and managers have nothing to disclose.PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose. Efficient LLC planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

Faculty Disclosures

Dr Graves reported the following financial relationships:

  • Consulting Fees: Genentech
  • Fees for Non-CE Services: BMS, Alexion
  • Contracted Research: Biogen, EMD Serono
  • Clinical Steering Committee: Novartis

Dr Greenberg reported the following financial relationships:

  • Consulting fees: Abcam, Alexion, Axon Advisors, EMD Serono, Greenwich Bio, Novartis, Roche, Rubin Anders, Seigel Rare Neuroimmune Association (unpaid), Viela Bio
  • Contracted research: CLENE Nanomedicine, The Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation, NIH, NMSS, PCORI, SRNA, Anokion

Dr Traboulsee reported the following financial relationships:

  • Consulting Fees: Roche, Genzyme, Biogen, Novartis
  • Fees for Non-CE Services: Roche
  • Contracted Research: Roche, Genzyme, Clene, CMSC

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC

Price

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