How can we best support people when they are first diagnosed with MS?

Image shows an MS health care practitioner with a patient

Professor Roshan das Nair

University of Nottingham


About the project

An MS diagnosis can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. We know some programmes have been developed to support people through the diagnosis, but these haven’t been fully evaluated and are not routinely offered on the NHS. We want to develop and test a programme that can support people through their MS diagnosis. To do this, our researchers will first review the evidence on:

  • how people adjust to an MS diagnosis
  • the views and experiences of people who are newly diagnosed or currently being diagnosed.

They will use this knowledge to develop an emotional support programme. Our researchers will work with people with MS, carers, our volunteers and health professionals to ensure the programme meets the needs of people with MS and is delivered in the best way. Researchers will then test the benefits of the programme in a randomised controlled trial.

How will it help people with MS?

This research could help to make that everyone gets the emotional support they need during an MS diagnosis.

The difference you can make

You can help us to improve services and support for people with MS.

The next research breakthrough is in reach

Your donation will help stop MS.

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£30could process one blood sample, giving researchers crucial information about genes and the immune system.

£50could pay for an hour on a microscope, so scientists can study cells and tissue in greater detail and improve their understanding of the biology of MS.

£100could pay for half an hour of MRI use, so researchers can monitor the success of clinical trials and understand MS in more detail.

Every penny you give really does take us a step closer to stopping MS. Your donation will make a difference.

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£10a month could pay for lab equipment like microscope slides to study the building blocks of MS

£20a month could pay for lab equipment like petri dishes to grow bacteria important for studying genetics

£30a month could process a blood sample to help us understand what causes MS, so we can stop it in its tracks

Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.

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