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Prompt diagnosis of multiple sclerosis should be routine, says NICE

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6071
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Patients suspected of having multiple sclerosis (MS) should be referred to a neurologist, and existing patients should have a comprehensive review of their care every year, new guidance has said.

Other key recommendations in the guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) included offering MS patients access to multidisciplinary care with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, and neurologists, and a single point of contact with whom they can raise concerns.1

Speaking at a press briefing to launch the guidance, Paul Cooper, consultant neurologist at the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre and chair of the guideline development group, said that inequalities in the care of MS patients across England and Wales needed to be tackled urgently.

“Currently some people are receiving excellent care and support, but others around the …

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