Research by Dr Ricardo Reis, Neurologist Resident, Centro Hospitalar de São João

All of our attendees carry out a piece of research in an area of MS clinical practice or treatment that interests them. 

This snapshot gives you a quick idea of what they found and why. If you want to learn more, just click through to the full poster, or follow the links within the snapshot. 

If you would like to contact the alumni who did the research, drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch where possible.

Poster

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Write up

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Aim

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.

Headlines 

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.

Key findings

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 

Recommendations 

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.

Take action

View the poster or contact Ricardo to discuss the work (please put the name of the Snapshot as your title in our contact form)