Research by Dr Lucy Strens, Dr Andrea Lindahl & Dr Lara Teare

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 research report, or follow the links within the snapshot.

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To analyse hospital admissions of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), compared to people with Parkinson’s, and to understand where unnecessary admissions could have been avoided.


  • Hospital episode statistics (HES) data was examined for a full year, from April 2015-16, to understand:
    • Distribution of day case, elective and emergency admissions
    • Total bed days and costs
    • Short and long stay patients
    • Repeat admissions
    • Causes of admission
  • It is important to note that HES data only paints a picture of what has been coded, so accurate interpretation relies on accurate coding within the hospital.

Key findings

  • One third of the local MS population accounted for £500,000 of spend on the hospital day case unit.
  • 20% of MS emergency admissions were released on the same day they were admitted (zero bed days).
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and respiratory infections were the most common causes for admission and readmission both in MS and Parkinson’s (costing £270,000)

Core recommendations

  • UTIs were the most common reason for readmission amongst MS patients, and the researchers suggest:
    • closer working with the continence service,
    • improved prevention of UTIs through education to both patients and clinicians, and
    • improved management of bladder and bowel including possibly bladder training and fluid management for patients.


Take action

  • Read the full presentation
  • Contact the researcher to discuss their work (please put the name of the Snapshot as your title in our contact form)
  • Learn more about the issues raised in this report. Click the scattered links to access further information.