Investigating factors that influence prescribing of disease modifying treatments for MS

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David French

University of Manchester


About the project

We know that not everyone with relapsing MS has access to potentially beneficial disease modifying treatments (DMTs). In fact, prescribing of DMTs in the UK is much lower than a lot of European countries. We've also found that access to treatment varies from region to region within the UK through our Treat Me Right campaign.

Our researchers are working to understand what factors affect prescribing of DMTs in the UK. They will do this by interviewing neurologists as well as MS specialist nurses. They will then launch a UK-wide survey to investigate the different attitudes to prescribing.

How will it help people with MS?

We will use this research to campaign for policy and service changes that address the most commonly reported barriers to prescribing of DMTs. This will could result in improved access to DMTs across the whole of the UK.

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