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14.12.2017 | Commentary | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Neurology and Therapy 1/2018

Perspectives from the Patient and the Healthcare Professional in Multiple Sclerosis: Social Media and Patient Education

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Neurology and Therapy > Ausgabe 1/2018
Autoren:
Daniel Kantor, Jeremy R. Bright, Jeri Burtchell
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Abstract

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is life-altering. Because the course of MS is heterogeneous, patients may face uncertainty in terms of long-term physical and cognitive challenges, potential loss of employment, and the risk of social isolation. Patients often turn to the Internet and social media for information about MS and its management, and to seek out fellow patients and support groups. Here, we examine the use of social media and the Internet among patients with MS, considering its impact on patient education. We consider the access that these conduits provide not only to other patients with MS but also to a wealth of disease-related information online. These themes are further illustrated with first-hand experiences of the patient author and her physician. We also explore the impact of the Internet and social media on the education and support of patients with MS from the healthcare professional’s (HCP’s) perspective, including opportunities for HCPs to promote disease education among their patients, and the advantages that arise from patients being better informed about their disease. The rise of the Internet and social media has changed the patient experience, helping patients to support each other, to educate themselves proactively about their condition, and to participate more actively in decisions relating to disease management than perhaps was the case historically.
Funding Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
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