Roz Kalb , Psychologist
1 Jul 2023 | ~5:00 Engagement Time
The process of making treatment decisions collaboratively with your healthcare providers is called “shared decision making.” In this process, you work with each of your providers to make decisions involving tests, medicines, treatment strategies, care plans, and goals. Participating together in the decision-making process helps to ensure that your care is based on clinical evidence and your provider’s knowledge (your provider’s area of expertise) and your priorities, values and preferences (your area of expertise).
In this article we offer tips for effective shared decision making about your disease modifying therapy.
Research has clearly shown that when people with MS partner with their MS care provider in deciding when to start treatment with a disease-modifying therapy (DMT), and which treatment to use, the outcomes are better:
We hope these tips will help you participate more comfortably and effectively in the shared decision-making process with your MS care provider. Combining their expertise with your personal goals, values, and priorities is the optimal way to make your treatment work for you.
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