DURHAM, N.C., March 29, 2019 (Newswire.com) - According to the National MS Society, approximately one million people in the United States have multiple sclerosis - more than double the number of people than previously thought. Pro-ficiency announces a free interactive online program, developed in collaboration with the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and ASiM, to educate individuals living with MS and their care partners about MS. The program is designed to empower and encourage those living with MS to be active participants in their own care.
"Multiple Sclerosis is an incredibly complex disease. Individuals living with MS, family members, and care partners can be easily overwhelmed by the amount of new information they receive. This program is designed by and for individuals living with MS, families and MS advocates. Our goal is to ease the burden of those living with MS by helping them become informed, empowered and activated partners in their care,” says JoAnne Schaberick, Co-CEO of Pro-ficiency.
The program, Living with Multiple Sclerosis, allows users to select and view short videos on a variety of MS-related topics, including diagnosis, approaches to treatment with information on available DMTs (disease modifying therapies), and helpful tips on communicating effectively with healthcare providers. This “choose your own adventure” approach helps individuals living with MS and care partners tailor a simulated doctor visit according to their own interests, needs, and concerns.
“Dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can feel overwhelming,” says Jessica F. Marshall, Ph.D., Executive Medical Director at ASiM. Jessica continues, “There are so many treatment options and symptoms that can impact life, it can be difficult to know which option is the best for any one person. This convenient program will help people living with MS and their care partners understand more about their diagnosis, treatment options, symptom management, and will provide tools and resources to allow them to engage more confidently with their healthcare providers.”
June Halper, APN-C, the CEO of CMSC adds, “The CMSC is proud of our educational partnership with ASiM. This unique program, designed for the MS community, is a landmark educational event.”
This free program can be accessed at www.pro-ficiency.net/ms.
Pro-ficiency is a leading provider of online training technology for clinical trials, patient and physician education. The Pro-ficiency platforms utilize real-world simulation scenarios to educate clinicians and empower patients as well as their caregivers. ProPatient, a product of Pro-ficiency, is patient-focused, providing online education to patients and caregivers. ProPatient utilizes interactive video and simulation, providing the opportunity to ask questions of a virtual clinician and role-play different scenarios to improve knowledge and skills. Visit pro-ficiency.com to learn more.
As a recognized leader in medical education and publishing, ASiM’s mission is to transform, enhance, and exemplify the delivery of healthcare by providing the clinician and patient communities with cutting-edge education. Since 1999, ASiM has served as a partner to academic institutions and professional associations on hundreds of educational initiatives and activities. Specific to multiple sclerosis, ASiM has developed and delivered hundreds of live, online, and print education for healthcare providers and individuals living with MS.
Organized in 1986 under the direction of neurologists dedicated to clinical care of MS, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) has evolved into a multi-disciplinary organization providing a team approach to MS care and a network for all health care professionals and related specialists in the care of persons with MS. Since 1986, the CMSC has grown rapidly. With over 250 member centers in the United States and Canada, the CMSC represents over 12,000 health care professionals worldwide who provide care for more than 250,000 individuals with MS and their families.
Source: Pro-ficiency, LLC