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Managing patients with multiple sclerosis: a complex neurological disease

  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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This learning module describes the complex neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) and its management. It outlines pathophysiology and symptoms, the importance of timely access to specialist services for treatment, relapse and disease management, including self-management. Therapies for this life-limiting long-term condition, the role of the multidisciplinary team, the importance of holistic assessment and the role of MS specialist nurses are discussed.

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Intended learning outcomes

This learning module for nursesaims to improve nurses knowledge of the management of multiple sclerosis (MS), a complex neurological condition.

After reading this module and completing the time out activities you should be able to:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of MS.
  • Discuss the signs, symptoms and management of MS.
  • Describe the treatment options available.
  • Promote self-management of the condition and multidisciplinary working.

This module is broken down into the following sections:

  • Aims & Intended learning outcomes
  • Introduction
  • Pathophysiology
  • Cause
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • Relapse management
  • Oral therapies
  • Role of the specialist nurse
  • Self-management
  • Conclusions


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

Nikki Embrey, Clinical nurse specialist (multiple sclerosis), North Midland MS Service, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent.

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