Multiple Sclerosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic
To assess the impact of COVID-associated changes in healthcare provision on people with MS, with a focus on psychological well-being, physical disability, healthcare access, and healthcare satisfaction.
During the first months of the pandemic, stay-at-home orders resulted in a shift from face-to-face to remote appointments for people with MS.
This adaptation may have impacted on their perceived health status and psychological well-being.
A total of 195 people with MS responded to a survey sent out between April and June 2020. It found:
- 62% had sought access to MS care; of these 56% said a telephone appointment had been adequate and 60% were satisfied with the information and recommendations that were provided
- 70% said their disease had remained stable during the first few months of the pandemic
- People who said they had felt worse during the pandemic had worse fatigue and sleep quality scores than those recorded during their last face-to-face consultation
Given the reported levels of patient satisfaction, the COVID-19 experience may change the way MS clinics evaluate and follow their patients as telemedicine emerges as a valuable tool.
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