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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2013 Nov; 84(11):e2
Authors: Mark Willis, Katherine Harding, Neil Robertson
University Hospital of Wales.
Clinical services supporting patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) represents a significant proportion of the work load for a modern department of neurology. However planning for development of specialist services in MS is frequently based on limited data and estimates at best commonly represent a 'best guess'. Specific knowledge of use of services by MS patients at different stages of disease combined with accurate epidemiological studies of disease frequency and disability specific characterisation would therefore be of considerable value in service planning and development. Employing data collected from a large clinical specialist regional MS service where access to patients is based on demand we have analysed service use within a large randomly selected cohort of patients and extrapolated data to provide minimum requirements for service support corrected for disease course, disability stage and disease frequency.
PMID: 24108970 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]