Research by Dr Farhat Mirza

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 create a database for the group of patients with MS receiving disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) at Royal Preston Hospital, so that management of the treatment can be effectively monitored, leading to better clinical care and more efficient professional practice.


  • The Royal Preston Hospital is the regional centre for neurology in Lancashire, with a population of over one million. It is the centre of treatment for MS and manages all disease-modifying treatments (DMTs).
  • We studied a random sample of clinic letters from a group of 253 patients on DMTs.
  • By auditing, we can optimise how we manage treatment and can measure ourselves against national standards and other centres of care.

Key findings

  • Most of the patients in the sample were female.
  • Mostly, two relapses were seen before being treated with a first-line DMT.
  • The DMT Copaxone was most widely used.
  • It was common for patients to be escalated to a DMT after a single relapse, broadly in keeping with current guidelines.

Core recommendations

  • Repeat the same audit with a larger population size.
  • Present the findings to the hospital to discuss the implications to cost and quality of patient care.


Take action

  • Read the full report
  • 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.