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Managing treatment fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis on long-term therapy: the role of multiple sclerosis nurses

Authors Crawford A, Jewell S, Mara H, McCatty L, Pelfrey R

Received 7 May 2014

Accepted for publication 4 July 2014

Published 19 August 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1093—1099

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S67334

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Ann Crawford, Sally Jewell,* Holly Mara, Laura McCatty, Regina Pelfrey

The Lash Group; Frisco, TX, USA

*Sally Jewell is now retired

Abstract: This article discusses the many ways that nurses can address the factors that lead to treatment fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) on long-term disease-modifying therapy, ultimately helping to preserve the patient’s health and quality of life. Patients with MS on long-term therapy may suffer from treatment fatigue and poor adherence due to a variety of different factors, including difficulties with injections, anxiety/depression, financial problems, and inaccurate beliefs about the MS disease process. Because MS nurses have regular interactions with patients, they are ideally situated to help patients cope with these and other factors that may limit adherence.

Keywords: multiple sclerosis, disease-modifying therapy, injection, nurse

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