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|2014 Annual Meeting Presentations|
Welcome to the 2014 Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS). Our 2014 meeting marks the 28th Annual Meeting of CMSC and the 19th Annual Meeting of ACTRIMS. CMSC’s and ACTRIMS’ collaborative efforts, extending now into our sixth year, yield the largest North American meeting with a sole focus on multiple sclerosis.
The field of multiple sclerosis is dynamic, evolving, challenging yet rewarding. The variable course, symptoms, emotional implications, and therapeutic requirements of multiple sclerosis necessitate broad-based and dynamic models of care and research. The Annual Meeting is designed to provide clinicians and researchers with the latest information on the science of MS and the clinical tools and knowledge to enhance MS care. Our agenda will feature leading national and international MS experts who represent the best in clinical care and research.
This year’s meeting provides learners with the latest information about the immunology, genetics, biomarkers, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of the disease. Symposia, workshops and clinical courses will focus on healthcare provider roles and include topics on basic and advanced fundamentals of MS diagnosis and care, new and advanced concepts in technology, and symptomatic and rehabilitative care.
-Appropriately utilize tools and strategies that facilitate patient assessment in order to differentiate between cognitive problems, depression, and related psychosocial issues.
-Incorporate information obtained through appropriate assessments into therapeutic plans of care for each area of concern.
-Examine the various models of care in multiple sclerosis along with the roles and responsibilities of the team members in order to adapt the most appropriate model for a given practice setting.
-Integrate the complex structures that support the provision of comprehensive care in MS (i.e. transmural, principal care, rehabilitative care, etc.) into effective centers providing evidence-based care.
-Analyze the complex mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis in order to more appropriately initiate and sustain evidence-based therapeutic interventions.
-Critically evaluate disease monitoring measures in order to facilitate effective therapeutic decision-making and outcome assessment.
-Analyze and integrate the conceptual framework under which MS nurses construct individualized interventions and monitor outcomes in multiple sclerosis.
-Examine specific nursing skills and incorporate them into individualized care of patients and families affected by multiple sclerosis.
- Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of each member of the rehabilitation team and describe the interplay between each professional service.
- Identify MS-specific screening techniques that facilitate individualized and targeted rehabilitation services.
Incorporate acquired information into professional practice skills that enhance comprehensive MS care and better serve patients, families, and colleagues.
-Analyze common symptoms of multiple sclerosis and their appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions in order to develop strategies designed to produce disease control and maximal function.
-Identify assessment techniques that differentiate between acute and chronic MS symptoms along with appropriate techniques to identify those factors that affect the manifestation of the complex symptomatology of MS.